What is a Bone Graft?

What is a Bone Graft?

What is a Bone Graft?

The bones of your jaw act as the foundation for an implant but without sufficient bone support it is not possible to replace a missing tooth with an implant.

Bone can be lost in a number of ways: gum disease, abscesses, trauma, and tooth extraction can all lead to bone loss.

More Information about Bone Grafts

  • During & After Assessment
  • Bone Graft Timing
  • Case Study Phase 1
  • Case Study Phase 2
  • Case Study Phase 3
During & After Assessment
During & After Assessment

During & After Assessment

At your implant assessment appointment, we will take a three dimensional scan (cone beam CT) of your mouth to determine exactly how much bone there is available.

If there is insufficient bone, we can regenerate the missing tissue by means of a bone graft.

This involves placing an artificial material underneath the gum which, in time, fuses with your own bone to provide a solid foundation for a dental implant.

Bone Graft Timing
Bone Graft Timing

Bone Graft Timing

Small bone grafts may be carried out at the same time as implant placement, whereas larger grafts are generally carried out as a separate procedure and allowed mature for 3 to 9 months before an implant is placed.

Case Study Phase 1
Case Study Phase 1

Case Study Phase 1

Bird's eye view of a missing front tooth on a CT scan.

The oval shapes with the black dots (nerves) in the middle are teeth.

Outlined in red, there is a tooth missing and the bone dips inwards. As you can see, there is insufficient bone to place an implant.

Case Study Phase 2
Case Study Phase 2

Case Study Phase 2

This X-ray shows a snapshot of the regenerated bone (outlined in green) following a bone grafting procedure.

There is now enough bone available to place a successful implant and replace the missing tooth.

Case Study Phase 3
Case Study Phase 3

Case Study Phase 3

Once the bone has been grafted, a computer is used for 'virtual implant planning'.

This planing allows dentists to choose the optimal size and position of the dental implant.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I need a bone graft?

When a tooth is removed the part of the jaw bone holding it becomes redundant and begins to shrink away.

If you lose a lot of bone, there may not be enough remaining to securely hold an implant. A bone graft is then required to provide a solid foundation for your implant. 

Is there an alternative to having a bone graft?

If you want an implant, but there is insufficient bone, then an implant is impossible without a bone graft.

Your alternatives would then be either a denture or a bridge.

What bone grafting material do you use?

Bone grafts can be derived from four sources:

1) Elsewhere in your own mouth

2) Animal sources

3) From a different person

4) A synthetic material

Can I choose which bone grafting material is used?

The choice of materials is dependant on the size and position of the defect. We choose the material most likely to give us the best result for each individual situation.

If you have an objection to using any particular material then let us know and will will choose an appropriate alternative.

What is the best bone grafting material to use?

This is totally dependant on the position and size of the defect.

Will it hurt?

The procedure itself is totally painless.

Afterwards, when the anaesthetic wears off, there will be some discomfort which can be controlled with normal painkillers.

How do bone grafts heal?

There are four common sources of bone grafting material - Autogenous (your own bone), Xenograft (bone from an animal - typically cow), Allograft (bone from a human donor), or a Synthetic material (usually derived from hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphate).

They each heal in different ways but in general they provide a scaffold for your body to grow blood vessels into and over a period of months the graft begins to become solid.

After 3-6 months most grafted sites are suitable to place implants. Autogenous bone is the gold standard and creates the closest thing to the original bone.

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