What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces bone in areas where it is missing. Bone loss often occurs in conjunction with periodontal (gum) disease, but it can be caused by other issues such as trauma and extractions. Bone loss in and around the jaw can make it difficult to complete other dental procedures and can give a sunken-in appearance. The surgery is quick, easy and is highly beneficial to your oral health.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
One of the most common reasons for needing bone grafting is because you’ll be getting implants placed in the near future. If you’re missing bone, the implant will not be able to stabilize and will not heal properly. Other reasons for needing a bone graft is because you’re finding that dentures aren’t fitting properly or other restorations aren’t fitting properly.
Who is a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting surgery is ideal for most patients regardless of age. We can consult with you and perform an examination to determine if you might need a bone graft. Most people who need a bone graft should have the procedure done in order to benefit their oral and dental health. X-rays can help us further identify areas of bone loss in and around the jaw area.
What happens during the Bone Grafting procedure?
The procedure begins by administering a local or general anesthetic so that you’re more comfortable during your appointment. Next, we create a small incision through the gums and place a bone grafting material in the area where the bone is missing. We may use bone growth factor to help the new material fuse and bond with the old bone. The gums are sutured and you’ll be given important aftercare instructions to care for the surgical site. Bone grafts are incredibly simple and can be helpful when having implants placed throughout the mouth.
If you think you might need bone grafting and want to know more about the procedure, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.