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Everything You Need to Know About Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Dental implants are permanent missing tooth solutions. If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to note that implants can only be placed into healthy jawbones. This means that if you are missing or have a damaged jaw bone, bone grafting will be needed in order to replace the lost bone. 

This article will detail everything you need to know about bone grafting for dental implants, including what the procedure involves when it is necessary, and what you can expect when it comes to recovery. 

What is a Dental Bone Graft? 

A dental bone graft is a procedure performed to increase bone in a part of the jaw where the bone has been lost, or where additional support is needed. 

The bone may be taken from elsewhere in the body and surgically fused to the existing bone in the jaw. Synthetic bone material can also be used. There are several types of bone graft, and the type used depends on the extent of the damage as well as the location of the lost tooth.

Bone grafting and dental implants often go hand-in-hand in the dental industry. This is because healthy bones are needed for dental implants. 

When is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants necessary?

Bone grafting is required when a patient does not have a sufficient amount of healthy natural bones in their mouth that is capable of supporting dental implants. This deficiency of natural bones can be caused by:

  • Development Defects
  • Gum Disease
  • Face Injury or Trauma
  • Empty Space After Teeth Were Removed

Recovery from Bone Graft Procedure 

After bone graft surgery, you will likely experience minor to moderate discomfort, including possible bleeding, bruising, and swelling of your gums. For most patients, the pain from bone grafting is limited to 24-48 hours after the procedure.

You will probably feel back to normal within a week or two, however complete bone graft healing can take between three and nine months. 

Review appointments will be scheduled with your dentist post-dental bone graft treatment. If you feel that your recovery isn’t going smoothly, it is important to arrange a review appointment as soon as possible to ensure the surgical site is healing properly. Here at Hervey bay dental, we are committed to giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of! For more information on bone grafting, dental implants, or any dental procedure call 07 412 55099 or book online. Enquire about our flexible payment options.