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Bone Grafting

A bone graft is a dental surgical procedure. During a bone graft surgery, bone is placed into the jawbone to augment the depth or width of existing bone, or to add additional support.

Rest assured that at Hall Dental, you'll find both major and minor grafting procedures. And we'll always follow up with you post-procedure to personally make sure you're doing okay.

Why do I need a bone graft?

There are two main reasons that you may need a bone graft. Bone grafting may be required because you require additional support for your teeth. If you have insufficient bone to support your teeth, your teeth could naturally fall out.

A bone graft and subsequent gum therapy can correct the problem in order to help you to retain your natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth and considering a dental implant, you will require sufficient bone to provide proper support to the implant. If you lack the bone required, a bone graft can add additional height and/or width to your jawbone in preparation for the placement of implants.

What types of material are used in bone grafting?

The most effective and predictable bone grafting material is your own bone followed by donated bone, animal bone, and finally, synthetic bone.

Is bone grafting safe?

Yes. Bone grafting is extremely safe. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a very slight risk of infection. As always at Hall Dental, your safety is our first priority and you can rest assured we will take every precaution to ensure that you will have the highest level of surgical care.

What is a major bone graft?

A major bone graft is typically needed when a large area of your jaw needs to be augmented, often for the placement of many implants. During this procedure we remove bone from a donor site in your own body like the hip or the shin. After the bone has been harvested it is usually attached to your jawbone with small titanium screws.

This kind of bone grafting is completed before any implants may be placed and is performed under sedation or anaesthesia. Although healing time varies, the implants are typically placed six to nine months after the grafting procedure to ensure full bone integration.

What is a minor bone graft?

A minor bone graft is a procedure in which the area of bone requires only a slight augmentation like replacing a single tooth.

What steps will I need to take after my bone grafting procedure?

Like all surgeries, there is follow-up care. Your Hall Dental team will develop a post-surgical checklist of things to do to ensure that you heal quickly and avoid contracting any type of infection.

Following your post-surgical treatment plan will be key to your recovery.

Find out more about our Bone Grafting procedures

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