What happens during the procedure?
Bone grafts can usually be performed in your local practice under local anaesthetic. You may want to consider treatment under sedation if you experience dental anxiety.
If a large graft is necessary, the bone may be surgically grafted from another part of your body, such as your hip or shin. In this case, the procedure will be done in hospital under general anaesthetic.
Your dentist or surgeon will lift the gum tissue away from the area, place the graft and secure it. Your gum will then be stitched back over the graft. This procedure usually takes an hour to an hour and a half.
This procedure doesn't sound particularly pleasant, but it’s fairly common and your implant dentist will talk you through the entire process and can answer any questions.
Your stitches will be removed about a week later. It will take between three and nine months for the graft to knit into your own bone, depending on the type of graft procedure you had. Then you’ll be ready to have your implant placed.