When we lose a tooth, the bone tissue in the surrounding area recedes and reabsorbs back into the body. As the jawbone wears away, the surrounding teeth can become loose or misaligned. Poor bone density in the jaw can also impact your suitability for dental implants.
Bone augmentation, also known as a bone graft, involves placing bone tissue into a gap in your jaw to encourage new bone cells to grow. This new tissue growth helps to reverse the effects of osseointegration, strengthening the jaw.
During a bone augmentation procedure, the area is numbed with local anaesthetic, before making an incision in your gum to reveal the bone underneath. Natural or synthetic bone material is grafted onto the affected part of the jaw before being stitched closed.
The material we use may be bone from another part of your jaw (autogenous bone), or we may use sterilised deprotienised bovine bone or a combination.
It can take several months for the grafted material to fuse with the surrounding bone.
It is common to experience discomfort and swelling following a bone augmentation. It should subside after a few days, and you will be prescribed painkillers to manage any discomfort.
Follow all instructions regarding your oral hygiene, including brushing methods and additional targeted care.
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