Bone grafts refer to bone transplanted from, for example, from the wisdom tooth region, cheek bone or jaw tip to the implanted area. Bone grafts are required in implant treatments, for example, when here is too little jawbone in the implanted area for the procedure.
Major bone grafts are made, for example, when the patient has had a complete denture for a long time and wants to replace it with a fixed implant-supported bridge prosthetic in the lower or upper jaw.
The service process
Bone grafts are usually made in connection with implant treatments. If only a little bone is missing, the bone graft can be placed at the same time with the implant. If the lack of bone is major, the bone graft is made first, and an implant is implanted after recovery, approx. 3-4 months later.
The sinus bottom can also be raised with a bone graft if there is too little bone below it for reliable implant treatment. Such bone graft operations can be done under local anaesthesia.
When a lot of bone graft is required, the bone graft operation is performed under general anaesthesia. The bone graft is usually taken from the hip bone. In this case, the patient has to be without the denture for a few weeks so that the bone graft will reliable bond with the patient’s own bone. The patient is on sick leave during this period. A temporary denture is made after a few weeks, and implants will be implanted in the bone only after recovery, 4–6 months later.
When should I make an appointment for this service?
When a dentist has determined that you need a bone graft.