What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that involves placing bone material in an area where it is currently missing. Bone loss can be caused by a variety of different reasons. However, the most common culprit is gum disease, since it can eventually affect the density of the bone. You may need bone grafting prior to other procedures, like when having dental implants placed.
Why would bone grafting be needed?
Certain dental procedures and appliances require that you have enough solid, healthy bone structure in the area where the device or restoration is needed. The most common restoration that requires healthy bone structure is a dental implant. If an implant is placed in an area where there is bone loss, it may not heal properly. Bone grafting may also be necessary for building up an area of the face that looks sunken-in.
Who is a candidate for bone grafting?
The bone grafting procedure itself is relatively simple and straightforward. To determine if you need to have it done, we’ll take x-rays of the area. These x-rays can give us a clear view of your jaw and if there is any bone loss present. If you do have bone loss, it is important to consider bone grafts prior to any other dental treatments.
What happens during the bone grafting procedure?
We begin by numbing the area that is going to be receiving the bone graft. From there, we make an incision through the gums. The synthetic or donor bone material is then placed into this area. A bone growth factor may be used to help the new bone bond with the old. Sutures are placed and the grafted area is given some time to heal. Once healed, you can go ahead and have dental implants placed as needed. You’ll find that bone grafting helps to restore your smile and fill in areas that look a bit sunken-in.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafting, call us today so that we can help to answer any of the questions you may have concerning this procedure.