Bone Grafting

Occasionally, bone grafting is necessary to provide a healthy foundation for other treatments. The most common reason for bone grafting is to prepare the jaw for dental implants. But it may also be necessary to rebuild the jaw after tooth removal or add height and width to the bone ridge before dentures or dental implant placement.

Dr Zoud performs bone grafting procedures at the Wisdom Specialist Centre. Our established practice has been serving Burwood, Westmead, and surrounding communities for over 20 years.

Why Bone Loss Occurs

Bone degradation is a common byproduct of tooth loss. When natural teeth are still intact, the roots stimulate the nerves and send vital nutrients to the bone tissue. In turn, this keeps the jaw strong and healthy. When teeth are lost, however, the jawbone lacks stimulation and bone density is lost. For this reason, individuals who have been missing teeth for years often have a gaunt appearance or “sunken-in” cheeks.

Additionally, gum disease causes bone loss as well. As the infection spreads, it erodes the bone that supports the teeth. Once the disease is under control, bone grafting can help improve stability and overall oral health.

There are some instances in which an individual is born with a defect in the jaw. Bone grafting can address this problem as well.

Types of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is an umbrella term used to describe a number of regenerative procedures. Some of the most common types of bone grafting include:

Socket preservation

This type of bone graft is performed at the same time as an extraction. When the tooth is removed, the void is filled in with a bone grafting material to prevent the socket from collapsing. This prepares a solid foundation for a dental implant later on.

Ridge augmentation

Sometimes the bone ridge doesn’t have enough space to accommodate dental implants. In these cases, bone grafting can increase the height, width, and density of the jawbone.

Sinus lift

If the upper molar teeth have been missing for some time, the maxillary sinuses can actually drop down, making dental implant placement impossible. A sinus lift effectively raises the sinus membrane back into its original position. Bone grafting material is added underneath for support, creating a good foundation for implants in the future.

Reconstructive bone grafting

Individuals involved in falls, accidents, or sporting injuries may sustain facial trauma. In some cases, bone grafting is necessary to properly reconstruct the orofacial features.

About the Procedure

Bone grafting can be performed under local anaesthesia in one of our surgeries. Patients can also choose to undergo the procedure under general anaesthesia at one of our private hospital operating locations.

Once you are comfortable, Dr Zoud makes a small incision in the gums to access the underlying bone. Next, bone grafting material is added to the areas of deficiency. In some instances, the bone may be taken from another area of the jaw. In most cases, however, we use bone grafting material that we’ve purchased from a trusted bone bank.

Once the bone grafting material has been added, the area may be covered with a special membrane. Finally, the gums are repositioned, and the incisions are closed with surgical sutures.

Recovery Time after the Procedure

Following your bone grafting procedure, you will often require one to two weeks for recovery. However, once a bone graft is placed, a few months of healing are generally required. Depending on the type of bone graft you had placed, this may take anywhere from three to nine months – sometimes longer.

In certain instances, bone grafting may be performed at the same time as other procedures, such as dental implant placement. Sometimes, however, treatment must be completed in stages. During a consultation with Dr Zoud, he can let you know what to expect in terms of your treatment timeline.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Bone grafting can preserve your oral health and improve candidacy for dental implants. If you would like to explore your treatment options, schedule a consultation at the Wisdom Specialist Centre. Contact us online or call us at (02) 8021 2728 (Burwood) or (02) 9633 4552 (Westmead).

Burwood Rooms

Shop 1/8 Burwood Rd
Burwood NSW 2134
P: (02) 8021 2728
F: (02) 8021 2723

    Westmead Rooms

    Suite 40, Daher Centre, 163 – 171
    Hawkesbury Road Westmead,
    NSW 2145
    P: (02) 9633 4552
    F: (02) 9893 8801