VSS has extensive experience performing grafting procedures. The following information has been provided to assist you to understand the procedure.
What is grafting?
Grafting is a procedure whereby missing bone or soft tissue is replaced.
There are three graft materials to replace bone available in our practice: your own bone, which can require a donor site (jaw or hip), a bovine bone particulate filler or a bone catalyst that is genetically engineered (BMP). There are advantages and disadvantages with each material and the surgeons will discuss which is appropriate for you.
Why do I need a bone graft?
If you have missing teeth, over time the bone whose function was to support these teeth may have disappeared. If this is the case, and you would like your missing teeth replaced with implants, a bone graft may be necessary. The grafted bone will support the new implants.
What does the procedure involve?
Grafting usually involves either increasing the height of the ridge (an onlay or sinus lift) or width of the ridge (lateral onlay) and is performed either before implant placement or at the same time.
Will it be painful?
The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthetic so should not be painful, but painkillers and antibiotics will be prescribed for use during recovery.
For information about grafting and follow up care, please refer to Patient Information.