Bone Grafting in Benfleet
What is bone grafting?
When teeth are removed, the gums and bone around the socket often shrink as they heal. This can often lead to a problems if you want to replace teeth with dental implants. An X-ray or scan will reveal if you have low bone volume or defects. If there is insufficient bone volume for an implant, bone grafting may be required to move forward with treatment.
How does bone grafting work?
Bone grafting involves placing a small amount of augmented bone material into the jaw. This can be completed prior to placing implants, or following tooth extractions. The bone material will bond with your natural bone, increasing the bone density and providing a solid foundation for implants.
Bone grafts help to maintain the structure of the jaw following a tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed, the bone around it will shrink and this can lead to a sunken appearance in the face. Bone grafting helps to maintain jaw volume and a youthful appearance.
Bone grafting following extractions
A bone graft may be placed immediately after extraction to prepare the site for dental implants. This will speed up the treatment time and reduce the number of appointments. If the graft is minor, it may be possible to place dental implants at the same time, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis.
We use Bio-Oss to place bone grafts, which is a natural bone substance from bovine sources. Bio-Oss allows us to restore bone volume with predictable and effective results. This type of bone graft helps to boost implant survival rates.
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How long does a bone graft take to heal?
This depends on the patient. Some will be fully healed in two weeks while others will need to wait two months before they can move forward with treatment. It is better to wait until the bone graft is healed rather than rushing the implant placement.
What type of bone grafting material do you use?
We use Geistlich Bio-Oss®, a leading natural bone substitute. This regenerative product helps to provide predictable and reliable outcomes for patients.
How do you clean your teeth after bone grafting?
Caring for your oral health after your bone graft is essential. You will be given personalised aftercare advice to help you care for your bone graft after the procedure. You may need to brush with warm water only, avoiding the area. You may also need to rinse your mouth with a saline solution to help prevent infection.
How long after bone graft can I eat?
Wait until the local anaesthetic has worn off before having your first meal. This is to prevent burns from hot food. You should try to eat soft foods that do not need to be chewed, such as mashed potato, porridge, scrambled eggs or yoghurt. Even if you have no appetite, you should make sure you are consuming plenty of clear liquids to avoid dehydration.