When a tooth is removed, bone that was previously supporting the tooth, begins to shrink in size. Much of this happens in the first 6 months after the tooth is removed, but in many cases bone loss continues over time.
Dental implants require bone of a certain width and height, and therefore bone grafts are often needed as part of a successful dental implant treatment.
In certain cases, bone grafts may also be recommended around natural teeth, as a means to regain bone that has been lost because of periodontal disease.
Bone grafts are most commonly performed using sterile donor bone particles. The advantages of using donor bone are many. Eliminating the need for a second procedure to obtain bone from their own body is a key advantage for patients. Donor bone particles make up the building blocks of bone. They act as a scaffold in the early stages of bone growth and over time they allow a patient’s own bone to grow into the desired space.
Dr. Joslin will recommend a specific bone graft procedure and material depending on your individual needs. This will be discussed extensively during the planning stage of your treatment. As with any procedure at GRAFT, bone grafting may be done with local anaesthetic (dental freezing) only, or with the combination of sedation.