Post Surgical Instructions- Bone Grafting
The choices of bone grafting materials I normally use include bone from a cadaver source or from a bovine source. Both have an excellent safety record.
Bone grafting will be placed in the following situations:
1. Ridge Preservation is done at the time of tooth removal to ensure adequate bone quality and quantity to support the dental implant.
2. Ridge Augmentation is to increase the volume of bone required to support your dental implant(s).
3. Lifting the sinus floor either directly (from the side) or indirectly (from the crest) to increase bone height in the upper back area for dental implants.
Regarding any risks of the treatment proposed, generally the procedures that we use are minimally invasive and therefore carry little risk. However, we wish to point out that possible complications include:
Failure of the bone graft. In some instances bone grafting procedures may not provide adequate amount of bone for the subsequent placement of dental implants, due to complete or partial failure of the bone graft because of poor healing and/or graft infection. Should this situation arise, your treatment options will be discussed at that point.
Sinus concerns: Sinus lifts are common, routine procedures however please let us know prior to treatment if you have any acute or ongoing sinus issues.
Post-operative risks and expectations: May include infection, bleeding, bruising and swelling. These will vary from case to case and we can discuss further if you have any questions.