Project Description

Bone Graft

A dental bone graft (or bone augmentation) is a surgical procedure used to repair and rebuild diseased or damaged jawbone through the transplantation of bone tissue, which facilitates bone formation and promotes wound healing. This technique is often performed as part of another dental treatment, commonly done before dental implants so that the patient has a strong and healthy bone for them to be placed.

When is a dental bone graft necessary?
Bone grafting might be needed in any of these scenarios:

  • Tooth loss. When a tooth is lost, the bone starts to wear out. If untreated for an extended period, it would deteriorate to the point where it couldn’t support a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. The same thing happens after tooth extraction: Once bone mass is gone, it cannot be reversed, which is why a bone graft may be needed.

  • Periodontal disease. This condition, also known as “gum disease”, can cause the bone to disintegrate due to bacteria slowing eating away the jawbone and periodontal ligament, which can lead to a tooth loss.

  • Dental trauma. Bone loss can be caused by having injured teeth. This can be the result of the teeth grinding (medically known as bruxism, a condition where you clench your teeth unconsciously) or tooth getting knocked out due to an accident or a fall.

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Where does the bone come from?

The bone used in the procedure can come from:

  • Your body (the chin, the back of the jaw, the hip, or from a leg – also called autografts).
  • A deceased donor (allografts).
  • An animal source (commonly from cows or pigs – also called xenografts).
  • A synthetic material (ceramic, bioglass, or polymers – also called alloplastic grafts).

The dentist will decide what type of bone graft could work better in your case, depending on the size of the socket and its condition.

How long do dental bone grafts take to heal?

Recovery time can vary depending on the injury being treated and the size of the bone graft needed. As osseointegration evolves, healing can take anywhere from 4 to 9 months or longer, depending on the type of bone substitute used, the complexity of the grafting procedure, and the location of the transplant in the mouth (upper or lower jaw).

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RESIDENT DOCTORS 17
IN-HOUSE NURSES 25
FULL TIME STAFF 43
NUMBER OF ROOMS 27
YEARLY PATIENTS 27,387

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Saturday 9:30 – 17:00
Sunday 9:30 – 15:00

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