Windsor Centre For Advanced Dentistry

What is dental bone grafting?

A dental bone graft is a dentistry procedure that involves adding volume and density to a patient’s jaw area if bone loss has occurred.

Allowing the jaw to be restored to its original form following trauma, tooth loss, or gum disease (periodontal disease), this procedure strengthens the damaged bone so that it is strong enough to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Improving the aesthetics and functionality of your smile, this treatment has a high success rate.

If you’re considering dental bone grafting and require more information about what is involved with this procedure, you’re in the right place.

Learn more with our guide on everything you need to know about dental bone grafting.

What is a dental bone graft? 

If bone loss has occurred in the jaw, a dental bone graft can be used to add volume and density back to the affected areas.

a female dental hygienist showing a bone xray to a dental patient before treatment

How does a dental bone graft work? 

A dental bone graft is a common procedure performed to increase the amount of bone in the jaw, where the bone has been lost or where further support is required. In order to do this, bone is taken either from elsewhere in the body or another species, and surgically fused to the existing bone in the jaw.

Patients may require this treatment before procedures such as the following:

  • Dental implants 
  • Tooth extractions 
  • Rebuilding the jaw before getting dentures 

Before opting for any dentistry procedure, it’s important to speak to your dentist to identify the best treatment option for you.

What are the different types of dental bone grafts? 

There are different types of dental bone grafts that you should familiarise yourself with if you are considering this treatment, including:

Guided bone regeneration: 

This surgical procedure uses bone grafts with barrier membranes to reconstruct small defects around dental implants.

Block grafting: 

Block bone grafting involves repairing areas where teeth have been previously lost. This procedure is commonly used to reconstruct larger defects.

Bone expansion: 

Bone expansion involves manipulating existing bone to form a receptor site for the positioning of an implant. This procedure does not involve the removal of any bone from the patient.

Distraction osteogenesis:

Distraction osteogenesis involves making a longer bone out of a shorter piece of bone. Once the bone has been cut, a distractor pulls the pieces of bone apart slowly.

Is dental bone grafting treatment painful? 

The vast majority of patients that undergo a dental bone graft report experiencing some level of discomfort or pain after the procedure. However, in the vast majority of cases, this can be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain relief.

Most people will experience the most pain during the first three to four days following their procedure.

Do I need dental bone graft for a tooth implant treatment? 

If you have strong and healthy gums and teeth that are able to support a dental implant, you will not require a dental bone graft. A bone graft is only required if you do not have enough bone in the jaw for dental implants to be secured in place.

Why choose the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry? 

At Windsor Dental, we offer dental bone grafting to restore and enhance your smile. Our ethos is all about restorative dentistry, repairing and restoring your missing or damaged teeth, to provide patients with a longer-lasting result. 

Learn more about dental implant treatment and dental bone grafting with us. 

Our team is always on hand to provide the very best advice on restoring your smile and the best options for your teeth. Get in touch today to find out how we can help at our practice in Windsor. 

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