What is a Bone Grafting?
Bone grafts are often necessary when there are areas in and around the mouth that have suffered bone loss. Bone loss can occur from facial trauma, tooth loss and periodontal disease. Bone grafts help to rebuild the area where the bone is missing. You may need to have a bone grafting done prior to other procedures, like dental implants.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
Bone grafts are normally needed if you’re missing a significant amount of bone and will be having other dental procedures done. For example, dental implants rely on healthy bone structure to bond and fuse with the bone. If there isn’t enough bone available, the dental implant will fail and become loose. You may need a bone grafting if your dentures aren’t fitting properly or if you have a sunken-in appearance to your face.
What makes you a good candidate for a Bone Grafting?
The bone grafting procedure is a type of oral surgery that is done in our office. You will have a consultation and exam done prior to having the grafting placed. With the help of x-rays and other imaging, we can determine if you have bone loss and would benefit from bone grafting. Most people who need a bone graft done can easily and safely have the procedure completed.
What happens during the Bone Grafting procedure?
You’ll first receive anesthetic or sedation of your choosing to make the procedure comfortable. We will then create a small incision through the gums so that we’re able to place the grafting material. Depending on what works best for you, the grafting material may be synthetic, allograft (donor) or autograft (from your body). Growth factor may be used to help in fusing the grafted material with existing bone structure in the area. Over time, the grafted bone will become part of the surrounding bone and help to build up the area. If implants are needed, you’ll have them placed after the bone grafting has fully healed and bonded.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafts and want to schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation, call our office today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.