Bone grafting

What you need to know

The loss of a tooth creates a progressive resorption of the jaw bone. When bone loss is significant, dental implantology cannot intervene and place a dental implant in an area that is too narrow. It is necessary to perform a bone graft beforehand.
The principle of a dental bone graft is as follows:
• The graft is placed in The area where The lack of bone is felt.
• The graft is held still by one or more osteosynthesis screws.
• As time goes on, the graft will be replaced by newly formed bone.
• The graft and implant placement can sometimes be done together or it takes about 6 months for the bone to be renewed.
There are different types of bone grafts:
The autogenous graft:
• It comes from the patient him/herself.
• It will be taken from the area of the chin or wisdom tooth in case of minor need.
• If more important, it will be taken from the tibia or skull, but this type of operation is heavier and must be performed in a hospital setting.
The allogenic graft: it comes from a human being and is ordered in a specialized bank.
Xenogenic graft: it comes from cattle. This type of graft is widely used, safe and ideal for small bone deficiencies.
The alloplastic graft: it is of synthetic origin (tricalcium phosphates).
A dental bone graft performed in the jawbone (upper jaw) is easier to perform because the bone is more spongy.


Duration of hospital stay
1 to 3 hours.
It is recommended to have a few days to recover.
Average length of stay
3 to 5 days.
If it is a hip bone transplant, you should plan to stay longer.

Bone grafting
Bone grafting

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Before the treatment

A bone graft is performed during the extraction of the tooth itself and does not require any special preparation. In the event that the amount of bone grafting required is greater due to a bone recession, another appointment may be required to collect from the mouth or other appropriate locations such as the hip bone, tibia or skull.

What does it involve?

Several sampling sites are possible, the choice of site depends on each case and is discussed during the consultation with the surgeon.
1) Head sampling: An incision is made in the scalp. The sample is taken from the upper bone layer of the cranial bone, respecting the deep layer that protects the brain. This procedure is practically painless and leaves no visible scar.
2) Iliac bone sampling: The incision is located at the level of the iliac crest and leaves a small scar. This swab is often painful and hinders walking and sports for a fortnight.
3) Mandibular sampling: It is performed on the lower jaw either in the chin area or at the angle of the jaws. The incision is made in the gum area.
The bone graft itself: the bone is placed either in the form of small blocks or in the form of crushed bone. Depending on the case, a biomaterial may be used in addition. The fixation of the grafted bone is done either by simple impaction or by using adapted equipment. Mucosal healing is achieved in 8 to 15 days. A small delay in healing is sometimes observed in the gums, which will justify continuing local care until complete healing. After the operation, the wearing of the dental prosthesis in the grafted area will only be allowed after agreement with the surgeon. It is necessary to wait 4 to 6 months before placing the implants. A CT scan will usually be performed before implant time to check the bone volume obtained.
The operation lasts between 1 and 3 hours depending on the type of transplant, it is performed under local anaesthesia or under general anaesthesia for bone grafts with tibia, hip or skull removal.

Bone grafting
Bone grafting

After the treatment

After the operation, facial edema is sometimes associated with bruised cheeks, the severity and duration of which vary from one patient to another. The pain is moderate. An analgesic treatment will be systematically given. Excellent oral hygiene is essential and mouthwashes are prescribed.
After each meal, the teeth and gums should be cleaned with a so-called surgical toothbrush. In the case of sinus bone grafting, significant and violent efforts should be avoided in the first few weeks. The diet should be soft, warm or cold. Avoid hot and very salty food. Smoking should be avoided before and after the procedure.

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