Bone grafting is a safe and reliable procedure that may be recommended when a patient has lost teeth and there is either not enough bone to place dental implants.
The most common source of bone for grafting is e the lower jaw When the bone graft is placed into its new position it is effectively a ‘dead’ bone because it has lost its normal blood supply. However, over a period of several months the graft will develop a new blood supply and become ‘vital’ bone. To prevent infection after treatment, antibiotics are usually prescribed. This operation is normally performed under general anaesthesia.
Bone Grafts From The Lower Jaw
The bone is usually taken from the outer part of the lower jaw, around the area where the wisdom tooth develop. In the presence of an impacted wisdom tooth, it can be removed during the same procedure when bone is being removed.
There is one potential complication that could be associated with taking a bone graft from the lower jaw. When the bone is removed, a nerve inside the lower jaw will sometimes be exposed at the same time. This nerve supplies feeling to the lower lip. The swelling that you may experience after treatment may put pressure on this particular nerve and has the potential to affect your lower lip where you may feel a noticeable tingling or numb sensation for weeks or even months. However, the likelihood of this occurring is extremely low. In order to minimise the chance of getting too close to or exposing this nerve, a special CT scan is normally arranged before the surgery.
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In addition to providing dental bone graft procedures we also specialise in dental implants, wisdom teeth removal and other dentistry services. Contact us today on (03) 9898 1877 to discuss your oral health needs.