What is a bone graft and will I need it? And are there other graftless options?
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What is a bone graft and will I need it? And are there other graftless options?

High Dental Implants Melbourne is considered among the best, long-lasting restoration solutions for lost teeth as the result of disease, infection or injury.


Our practice, High Dental Implants Melbourne, provide implant procedures which are typically straightforward and uncomplicated and can promise you a lifetime of problem free teeth.


So where is the Catch 22? We often see patients, who after years of wearing dentures, suffer from significant bone loss. There must be enough bone in your jaw for implant surgery to succeed because, without it, we cannot properly insert the tooth implant.


What are your options then? You can opt for a bone graft surgery if you still think that High Dental Implants Melbourne is the right choice for you.


What is bone graft surgery?


A bone graft is transplanting bone from other parts of your body - either the chin or hips - to your jaw to regenerate and revitalise it. It is also possible to use bone from other humans or animals and to have it produced synthetically by creating artificial bone in a laboratory.


Bone grafts are not a quick fix. If you have experienced significant bone loss, then a large volume of bone from elsewhere has to mature and heal, before it is deemed ready for the next step. Be prepared to wait three to twelve months before you are declared fit for surgery. While time-consuming, this part of the process is imperative and greatly improves the chances of a successful outcome for your dental implant.


Expect to feel discomfort during healing, as well as possible swelling, bruising and light bleeding. These side effects should be short-lasting and can be managed with over-the-counter medication. You should also be wary about what you eat, sticking to a soft diet initially.


Once the grafts have fully healed, the implant procedure can move forward.


Bone grafts sound daunting - are there less invasive options available?


Implants boast a high success rate of around 90 to 95%, and the reason for their success is mainly because other dental issues must be treated before implantation can take place, such as gum disease and not having enough bone, to minimise the chances of the implant being rejected.


This strict adherence is less than ideal for patients impatient to fix their teeth.


If you still desire implants but do not want to wait months before you can benefit from them, there are options other than bone grafts and other related procedures.


Same day teeth, All-on-4 or implant-supported dentures all refer to the same treatment where you walk in with teeth missing and can walk out proudly supporting new teeth. The procedure is geared toward patients who have experienced terrible bone loss after wearing dentures for several years.


We place four to six implants in your upper and lower jaw in whatever bone is available, tilted at a 45-degree angle. This position ensures that less bone is needed for inserting the tooth implants.


All-on-4 is a preferred method of treatment because it requires less time to achieve a dream smile and far fewer dental appointments.


High Dental Implants Melbourne may be the solution you have been looking for, but you might have to go through a few checks before you are cleared for the procedure. Come down to our practice today so that we can discuss your options, and make implants a reality for you.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.