What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that involves placing additional bone matter in an area of jaw where it is missing. Bone loss can be caused by old extraction sites or because a patient has advanced gum disease. Regardless of what has caused the bone loss, it may be detrimental to the success of other procedures. Many dental implant patients will need to have bone grafting done prior to the implants being placed.
Why would Bone Grafting be needed?
The most common reason for needing bone grafting is because you’re planning to have one or more implants placed. Implants rely on healthy, solid bone structure in order to heal successfully. If there isn’t enough bone in the area where it is being placed, the implant fill fail and will never become a solid part of your smile. In this case, a grafting is needed to help fill in the areas of missing bone.
Who is a candidate for Bone Grafting?
The grafting procedure itself is relatively straightforward and simple. Most patients who need to have it done can and should consider this treatment. We can take special x-ray images to determine if you have bone loss and if you would benefit from grafting. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery in order to be considered for this procedure.
What happens during the Bone Grafting process?
The bone grafting process will begin by administering either local or general anesthetic to improve your comfort. We then make an incision through the gums and place either synthetic, donor or bovine bone into this area. The types of bone options will be discussed with you during the consultation procedure. The gums are then sutured and we will have you come in after a few weeks for a follow up appointment. Once the bone grafting has healed successfully, we can place the implant and begin to restore your smile using this particular restoration option.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafting, call us today to speak with one of our trained professional team members.