What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is done to enhance and strengthen an area that has developed bone loss. Bone loss can be caused by a variety of conditions, but is most common among those with periodontal disease. Bone grafts use either allograft (donor), autograft (from your body) or synthetic bone to replace areas where it is missing. You may need to have a bone grafting done before other oral surgeries and treatments.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
A bone graft may be needed if you are going to have implants placed but do not have enough bone structure in the area receiving the implant. For denture patients, bone loss can affect the way the denture fits and stays in place. Bone loss can even have an impact on the way that your face looks and it’s not uncommon for patients experiencing bone loss to have a sunken-in appearance to their cheeks. Bone grafts are often necessary before dental implant surgery.
What makes you a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
The procedure is a type of oral surgery, so you have to be healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure. Most bone grafts are relatively simple in nature and can be done under local anesthetic. You should be healthy enough to heal from the procedure once it is complete. We can determine if you’ll benefit from bone grafting by performing an examination and taking a series of x-rays.
What can be expected with Bone Grafting?
You will receive anesthetic or sedation of your choice prior to the actual procedure. An incision is made through the gums and a small piece of bone is situated in the area where it is needed. Growth factor may be placed to help the new bone material to bond with the existing structure. Over time, the bone graft will fuse with surrounding bone and replace what had been missing. After the surgical site has fully healed, you are ready for additional dental treatment as needed.
If you would like to know more about bone grafting or think you may need to have the procedure done, call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members.