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Dr Gouvoussis (Periodontist) Call Dr Gouvoussi  (02) 9744 7221

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Burwood, NSW 2134

Bone Grafting

When a tooth is extracted the healing process often results in some loss of the bone that used to support that tooth. Bone grafting is used to restore the lost bone dimension when the jaw ridge gets too thin to properly support an implant. Although a bone graft can be placed several months before the implant is procedure, at BDS we prefer to place the bone graft at the time of implant placement wherever possible to minimise the number of procedures and costs to our patients. Once the bone graft material is placed under the gum, it heals much like an arm or leg in a cast. With proper care, in 4-6 months, the bone becomes strong as the original bone that was originally there.

To minimize your discomfort we will often use sterilized or synthetic bone substitutes which stimulates your own bone to grow into the repair site. It is effective, very safe and avoids a second surgical site. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft. Depending on your need, grafts can also be taken from areas where the jaw has more than enough bone, in the area of the chin, third molar region or in the upper jaw behind the last tooth.

After discharge, bed rest is recommended for one day and limited physical activity for one week to allow the gum to heal and minimize bleeding. You will feel sore, in the area where the graft is placed, for 7-10 days. Pain is not usually reported by our patients.