Bone grafting is required when there is insufficient bone in the jaws. Sufficient bone is required for performing implant treatment. Bone can also be regenerated around teeth which have previously lost bone.
Bone grafting attempts to grow or regenerate bone such that it’s volume and, in some cases, height increase.
Our trained specialists are able to perform this procedure for you.
Improve the success of implants when they are placed in sufficient bone
Stabilise shaky teeth
Improve aesthetics in resorbed bone where there is a dished in appearance in the bone.
Consultation and xray
A detailed consultation and xray examination, which may involve a 3D scan of the jaws.
Here, the process will be explained in detail and an appropriate treatment will be recommended with alternatives.
Details of the alternatives, the cost, treatment protocol and follow-up protocol will be explained to you.
The grafting procedure
The process is virtually pain-free under local anaesthesia. IV sedation may also be offered if patients are anxious, and will be asleep throughout the duration of the treatment. A qualified anaesthetist will be present to administer and monitor the IV sedation.
The process normally takes between 30 minutes to and hour and is dependant on the amount of grafting to be done.
Stitches will be placed and advice will be given on the care of the grafted site.
A review will be carried out after 14 days and the site will be checked for satisfactory healing. Depending on the time of treatment the grafting was done for, the dentist will advise you of the following step after this grafting procedure.
Stitches placed may also be removed at this visit.
Is this process painful?
Because the treatment is done under anaesthesia, the procedure is virtually pain-free.
Once the anaesthetic has worn off, there may be some discomfort and minor swelling in the affected area.
This can be kept under control with painkillers and a cold pack placed in the affected region.
What is the graft material made of?
Graft material may consist of the patient’s own bone, sterile bone material or synthetic packed material.
There are different uses for the different types of graft materials and may be used in a combination.
This will be discussed with you during the consultation.
What do I do after the procedure?
Instructions will be given by the dentist after the procedure and some medication will be given. It is important to follow the instructions given to you at this time.
Major events should not be planned immediately following the graft procedure.
You can actually begin eating once the anaesthetic has worn off but stay off hard foods for the first few days.
You should also refrain from brushing the grafted site for the first few days. A antiseptic mouthrinse prescribed to you will be sufficient to maintain the cleanliness for the time-being.