What is bone grafting?
A dental bone graft is a procedure performed to increase the amount of bone in a part of your jaw where bone has been lost or where additional support is needed.
What is the procedure?
Bone graft is sometimes needed to perform another dental procedure, such as dental implants. If there is a lack of bone available to place a dental implant or provide the implant with enough support once placed, a bone graft may be needed to help provide the best possible chance of success.
During your consultation, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment to determine if you require bone grafting. This is determined with the help of a CBCT scan.
Usually, a synthetic bone material is used. If this is not for you, alternative options are available.
Bone graft is placed under a local anesthetic so you will not feel anything during the procedure. Like any treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort afterwards, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief and will subside within a week or two.