What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is essential for patients who have areas of bone loss around the jaw. Bone loss can often occur as a result of a variety of different conditions. From gum disease to having had extractions done, bone loss can cause your face to look sunken-in and make implants difficult or even impossible to place. Bone grafting can easily be done in our office when and if they are needed.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
The most common reason for needing bone grafting is because you have areas of bone loss around your teeth and jaw. Gum disease is an incredibly common condition that can cause bone loss over time. Likewise, having teeth removed can eventually have an impact on the bone underneath. In either case, a bone graft is essential if you're planning on having implants placed or wearing a denture.
Who is a candidate for Bone Grafting?
To determine if you might need bone grafting done, we will conduct both an exam and take x-rays. The x-rays can help alert us if there are areas of bone loss around the teeth and jaw and if so, the best way to go about placing the new bone material. We will consult with you to determine the best course of action when placing the bone and having the procedure done in our office.
What happens during Bone Grafting?
The first step is to consult with you and determine what type of bone material is right for your needs. We will then administer a sedative of your choice and make an incision through the gums. The bone material is placed and a bone growth factor is applied to the area to help the bone blend well with the surrounding material. Once the bone has healed and fused with its surrounding area, we will schedule you to come in for an implant or to have a new denture made. Bone grafting surgeries are easy, quick and help to improve the look of your smile.
If you think you might benefit from bone grafting, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you in answering your questions.