What You Need to Know About a Dental Bone Graft

Would you like a dental implant to restore your appearance and oral health back to its former glory? Have you been told by another dentist you need a bone graft?

Whether a cavity has reduced your tooth to nothing, your left with gummy space after tooth removal or gum disease has caused you to lose teeth, a bone graft will be necessary to repair and rebuild your damaged bone.

This will be to ensure your mouth and jaw is strong enough to support a dental implant FOR LIFE!

Here at the Gentle Dental, we are implant dentists and understand the concerns patients have when it comes to pre-implant procedures.

Perhaps you may want a second opinion concerning your implant treatment and what steps you will need to take to make this a reality. Let us have a look and tell you what we think.


Our past bone graft patients wanted to know:

  • How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft? Can take anywhere from 2 weeks to two months.
  • Are dental bone grafts painful? As with any surgery, you can expect some discomfort following the surgery, however, it is completely bearable, feeling often the same as a tooth extraction.
  • What can I expect after a dental bone graft? Expect some slight discomfort. You will be prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine to help you feel more comfortable as well as prevent infection.
  • Are dental bone grafts necessary? They will be an essential step for dental implants in the case of inadequate jawbone structure.
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So, what exactly does dental bone graft involve?

Basically, a dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the jaw and will attach a bone or alike materials to the jaw, where it has been lost.

This treatment is incredibly common for patients who have lost one or more of their adult teeth to accident, trauma or gum disease.

Conditions like gum disease and periodontal disease are powerful enough to deplete bone density, resulting in jawbone loss and causing other teeth to become loose or wobbly, increasing the likelihood of further tooth loss.

The most recommended approach to treatment is using bone from your own body, whether it’s the hip, tibia or back of the jaw. These autografts are the “gold standard” as they promote faster healing and new bone formation.

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Do you qualify for dental bone grafts?

  • You want to receive implants for missing teeth (out of 800 people surveyed, more than half required bone grafts first) – source.
  • Tooth loss and gum disease
  • Bone loss

The procedure

  • The dentist or oral surgeon will provide the patient with anaesthesia before the procedure with vitals being monitored
  • The affected area will be cleaned
  • The surgeon will make an incision in your gum, which will separate the gum from the bone so that new bone can be placed
  • The bone will be secured with dissolvable adhesive or a membrane with special screws
  • The incision is sewn back up to allow for a period of healing and antibiotics will be prescribed and over the counter medications will be made available to manage any discomfort or swelling

Bone graft costs

Depending on where you choose to carry out your treatment, the cost of bone grafts can vary greatly.

Here, at our practice, we charge from £400, depending on the severity and the amount of bone in your jaw and will ensure your aftercare requirements are dealt with appropriately.

There is also the possibility that if you choose to have your implant surgery with us too, that we can combine a lot of these additional procedures and can incorporate these costs into your final bill.

After booking a consultation with us, we will be able to inform you realistically about the costs of your entire treatment.

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