What are Bone Grafts?
A bone graft is a procedure that involves replacing bone in an area that it is missing. Most often, a bone graft is required before other types of surgeries, like before a dental implant can be placed. Other times, lack of bone in and around the jaw can cause dentures and other appliances to fit poorly. Bone grafts are simple procedures that can be done easily in our office.
Why are Bone Grafts needed?
Bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but the effect is the same. You might be missing bone because of periodontal disease or because one or more teeth were extracted and there was a gap in the area where the teeth are missing. In order to build up these areas with enough bone, a grafting needs to take place. Bone grafts can help to improve the quality and density of bone in an area where it needs to be solid.
Who is a candidate for Bone Grafts?
Bone grafts are done in-office in a short period of time. Most patients who need a bone graft can have the procedure done. However, we will go over your health and medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for the surgery. You should be healthy enough to undergo an oral surgery and have the ability to heal from the procedure after it’s done.
What happens during the Bone Graft procedure?
The procedure begins with either a local or general anesthetic that is used to help keep you comfortable during surgery. The doctor will then create an incision through the gums and place donor or synthetic bone material into the space. Bone growth factor is typically used to help the new material to heal and bond with the surrounding area. The graft will then need time to heal before other procedures are performed. You will be given aftercare instructions to ensure that you heal properly from the surgery. Bone grafts can be done at any time and in virtually any area of the mouth where they are needed.
If you think you might need a bone graft, call us today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.