What is bone grafting

For people who have opted to have dental implants in Melbourne, they may have been informed by their dentist that they need to have some prior treatment in order to prepare them for the insertion of the tooth implant into their jaw.

It is not uncommon for people to lose some bone density in their jaw, especially if they have had missing teeth for several years. It is a natural occurrence where the bone is reabsorbed into the body, when there is no longer any natural stimulus to cause the bone to regenerate.

Unfortunately, this can have some negative consequences on the oral health of an individual, as teeth are no longer as secure as they once were in the mouth. One can also experience premature ageing as the cheeks can begin to appear sunken and the face can droop somewhat.

With regard to replacing teeth, there can also be complications if the jawbone has receded too far. But there is a procedure known as bone grafting which allows people another opportunity at replacing their teeth and getting that fully functional smile back. 

What does the bone grafting procedure look like?


The bone for the graft is often taken from an individual’s chin, although in some circumstances, people can choose to have synthetic or animal tissue as well. It is often understood that a patient’s own tissue is the least likely to be rejected, although each option has its benefits for certain people. This is a minor surgical procedure so minimal risk is involved, however with any procedure people do need to be made aware of what complications may arise.

The dentist will cut into the jaw and insert the additional bone. It will mesh together over time and strengthen and extend the patient’s jaw, allowing them to recover some of that lost bone, improving their appearance and strengthening their jaw.

Once this has healed, the dentist can move onto the tooth implant that will be the making of a completed smile. An implant can hold up to three or four individual teeth in the shape of a bridge, so there is no need to place several implants in the mouth close together. By reducing the number of implants that are needed, people can enjoy a reduction in healing time and instances of potential infection or complications, allowing them to spend more time enjoying their smile

In fact, people who wish to secure an entire set of dentures can do this with only four tooth implants. Dentists can do this by placing two of these metal rods on the upper jaw and two on the lower jaw in a strategically planned position.

By using a software that has been specifically designed for this purpose, dentists are able to ensure that they can pinpoint the precise placement, allowing for less human error to take place.

For this reason, amongst many others, the success rate of this treatment is extremely high making it one of the more popular options available when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second

opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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