What is a Bone Graft?
Bone grafting materials act as a scaffold to encourage newly developing (patient’s) bone to grow. It is used extensively with dental implant procedures to ensure a good functional and cosmetic result. Often, a special membrane may be used to protect the bone graft for a smooth finish and to help with bone regeneration.
This treatment is a cause of much concern to some patients but is in reality a very simple, safe and a completely painless option. We use various forms of bone grafting materials similar to the body’s own bone in structure and/or composition. The materials are from a variety of origins, if required your Dentist will advise what is most suitable dependent on individuals and the bone defect. Types of bone grafting materials:
- Synthetic Bone
- Bovine Bone (obtained from a cow)
- Maxgraft Allograft (human donor bone tissue that is donated from healthy living donor patients in German, Austrian and Swiss hospitals who have donated their bodies for medical use).
All bone graft materials undergo strict quality and safety controls throughout production and comply with national and international safety standards.
Why would I need bone graft treatment?
Bone graft treatment is recommended when there is inadequate bone structure due to periodontal disease, trauma OR if bone has receded following a tooth extraction. If required, we will offer bone graft treatment on the same appointment a dental implant is being placed, approximately 70% of dental implants require some form of bone grafting procedure.
A Sinus lift is also a bone graft treatment option, for more information please follow the link for Sinus Lift.
How many appointments would be required?
Bone grafting is normally completed in one appointment and normally in conjunction with another appointment such as when a dental implant is being placed.
A review appointment will be made one to two weeks after the surgery however this is a non-invasive appointment.
As with any dental treatment there are risks, if you are considering treatment similar to above then you are required to read, understand and sign any relevant consent forms following an agreed treatment plan with one of our Dentists.