Dental Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure artificial bone graft material is used to repair and reconstruct damaged or diseased bones. One of the common areas where bone grafting is used, however, is in the jawbone to facilitate dental implant treatment—a procedure we specialize in at the Dental Specialty Center.
When is bone grafting necessary?
A bone graft helps to create a more robust foundation for the implant. There are several bone graft materials our surgeon can use to reconstruct your jawbone.
At the Dental Specialty Center, we use synthetic bone grafting material. This is a specially made material that is grafted onto your jawbone and offers support structures for new bone growth.
Our oral surgeon may recommend that you undergo a bone graft procedure if you’ve lost significant bone density from gum disease or before you get dental implants. This recommendation is most common when your jawbone is too thin or soft to hold the implant firmly. If your jawbone can’t support a dental implant, there’s a high chance the implant surgery won’t be successful.
What are the common risks for bone grafting?
Some of the common risks associated with the otherwise safe procedure include:
- Nerve damage
- Complications from anesthesia
- Blood clot
- Infection from donated bone
What happens during bone grafting?
The process and procedures adopted by the dentist will vary greatly based on the reason for the surgery. Our team of dental care professionals at The Dental Specialty Center will provide patients with all the needed information about the bone grafting procedure prior to the appointment.
Generally, anesthesia will be administered to the patient to make sure that they do not have to feel pain as a result of the procedure. A member of the surgical team will monitor the patient’s vital signs including the heart rate and blood pressure while our oral surgery specialists perform the procedure.
What is the recovery like from a bone graft procedure?
After the bone grafting procedure, you’ll have to wait for several months to allow the graft to regenerate sufficient new, healthy, and strong bone to ensure the dental implant will be firm and secure. If you only need a minor bone graft, a dental implant may be placed right after the grafting procedure.
Our dentist will evaluate your specific situation to see if that’s possible for you. It is imperative that the bone graft is done properly. Otherwise, you may not get the kind of jawbone necessary to support a dental implant.
After a successful bone grafting procedure, our surgeon can go on with the rest of the implant surgery. Before the surgery, however, it’s advisable to discuss your personal medical history with our dentist. You want to understand the risks involved in the procedure, as well as what to expect. Common risks of dental bone grafts include infection, nerve damage, and sinus problems.
Once our fentist ascertains that you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery, you’ll be well on your way to a transformed smile.