Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can be carried out for a number of reasons in the mouth but is generally used in conjunction with dental implant treatment where there is inadequate quantity of bone to place implants.

Bone grafts for dental implants can normally be taken from another part of the jaw in the form of blocks, particles, or shavings. They may be placed to prepare the implant site in advance of implant placement or at the same time as implant placement. Bone grafts can also be taken from animal sources, eg freeze dried bone. These may be used to reduce the amount of surgery required and reduce the loss of bone (resorption). Only commonly used products which are safe and meet national standards are used.

The type of bone graft required is tailored for each individual patient requirements.

Bone grafts may be used in conjunction with membranes (often collagen from animal sources). Once again only products which are commonly used, safe and meeting national standards are used. These are used to prevent resorption (loss of bone).

Connective Tissue Grafts are soft tissue grafts which may also be used to assist optional implant treatment. They are made of fibrous tissue commonly harvested from the palate (roof of mouth). These are used to improve the appearance and provide a better seal around an implant.

The type of grafting and the options available are discussed with the patient and consent is obtained before proceeding.