Bone Grafting

Dental Bone Graft

Dental bone grafting is a safe and reliable procedure that is generally recommended when you have lost teeth and there is not enough bone to place dental implants. We also use dental bone grafts for other types of jaw surgeries.

The most common areas to source bones for grafting include the lower jaw, and if a large amount is needed, and the hip. When the 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 become ‘vital bone’. To prevent infection after treatment, antibiotics are often prescribed. A general anaesthetic is also normally necessary for the dental bone graft procedure.

Bone Grafts from the Lower Jaw

The bone is usually taken from the outer part of the lower jaw, behind the lower back teeth (approximately around the wisdom tooth areas). In the event of an impacted wisdom tooth, it can be removed during the same procedure when bone is being extracted.

Important consideration when undergoing dental bone graft surgery

There is one potential complication occasionally associated with taking a bone graft. 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. The likelihood of this occurring is low however it is a possibility during most jaw surgeries.

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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 to discuss your oral health needs.