What is Bone Grafting?
Bone loss is an incredibly common problem, and it often occurs after years of gum disease or after one or more teeth has been extracted. Unfortunately, if you need to have a dental implant placed in these areas, the implant may fail because of inadequate amounts of bone. Bone grafting involves placing bone material in the area where it is missing. Once healed, a dental implant can safely be placed and will be able to heal properly.
Why would Bone Grafting be needed?
The most common reason for needing a bone graft is because you are planning on having one or more dental implants placed. The reason you may suffer from bone loss in the first place is because of battling gum disease for many years or having had teeth removed completely. When an extraction is done, the underlying socket is left empty and shallow.
What makes you a candidate for Bone Grafting?
To determine if you may need to have grafting done, we will perform an exam and take x-rays. This is typically done prior to having any type of dental implant placed. Most people who need a grafting done can easily have the procedure performed. It is most often performed on otherwise healthy adult patients.
What happens during Bone Grafting?
We first numb the area with a local anesthetic. An incision is made through the gums and a piece of donor or synthetic bone is placed in this area. Growth factor may be used to help the new grafting to bond with the surrounding area. The gums are sutured and you’ll be ready to head home. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that the bone grafting is healing properly. Once it’s healed fully, we can place a new dental implant as well as a crown, bridge or overdenture as needed. Bone grafts may sound complicated, but they are an easy out-patient oral surgery performed countless times each week.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafting and how it works, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.