Bone Grafting in Southend
Prepare your jaw for dental implants
Bone grafting helps to increase bone density in your jaw. When a tooth is extracted, there is the risk that the bone and gum will shrink and recede. Bone grafting helps to maintain the shape of the jaw to avoid the sunken appearance. Bone grafting may be recommended before dental implants to provide sufficient bone density.
When is bone grafting required?
A bone graft may be required after a tooth extraction to help maintain the facial structure. When a tooth is extracted, this can cause the bone and gum to shrink, which puts the surrounding teeth at risk. A bone graft will help to maintain jawbone density. A bone graft may also be needed to prepare the site for dental implants. Bone grafting helps to ensure the implants have a secure foundation.
Options for bone grafting
We have a number of options available to us. We will discuss the possibilities during a consultation so that you feel comfortable with the choice of restoration. Options include:
- Ridge expansion to make space for implants
- Placing Bio-Oss material from bovine sources
- Reallocated bone from the wisdom tooth area
- Combination of these techniques
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Should I have a bone graft immediately after extraction?
Placing a bone graft after an extraction is a good idea if you are planning to replace the missing tooth with dental implants. It’s also recommended if you are concerned about your facial structure changing after tooth loss.
What material is used for bone grafting?
We offer a number of choices, including Bio-Oss from bovine sources and bone material reallocated from the wisdom tooth area. We will discuss options with you during a consultation.
Does a bone graft hurt?
A bone graft doesn’t hurt any more than a tooth extraction. Your pain will be managed throughout the procedure with local anaesthetic. After the procedure, we recommend using paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage your pain.
How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft?
Recovery time can take from two weeks to two months. This will depend on the number of bone grafts required and the location. We will advise you on what to expect during your consultation so you can be fully prepared.
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