What is Bone Grafting?
Teeth do more than help you chew and smile. Their roots also strengthen and reinforce the jaw bone. If you are missing teeth, the jaw bone will lose density, weaken, and shrink. This can also make it difficult to place dental implants.
With bone grafting, we can increase the volume of your jawbone to prepare for the placement of dental implants. Bone grafting is a complex process that can greatly improve your oral health. If you are lacking healthy bone structure for dental implants, book a consultation with our team to find out more about how we can help.
Bone Grafting FAQ
A dental bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that helps add density and volume to the jawbone where bone loss has occurred. Bone can be taken from elsewhere in the body and get surgically fused to the existing bone in the game.
It’s a common procedure for individuals who are considering dental implants but don’t have enough bone density and the capacity to provide a solid foundation for the implants.
A bone graft is typically recommended for patients with significant bone loss in their jaw. This type of procedure may be recommended for you if you:
- Are getting teeth extracted
- Need more bone density and volume for dentures or implants
- Have areas of notable bone loss from gum disease
Most patients that have had a dental bone graft report little to no pain. However, you may experience some pain or discomfort after the procedure. Taking the proper pain relief medications and following any specific post-operative instructions can help minimize the pain post procedure.
A dental bone grafting procedure can help increase your eligibility for dental implants, dentures, and other types of restorative dental treatments. This specific type of oral surgery is designed to restore your jaw to its original form before bone loss, tooth loss, gum disease, or other types of oral trauma.
Although you may feel back to normal within a couple of weeks, the healing process after a dental bone graft procedure can take several months, and even up to a year. The recovery time varies from one patient to the next and can be influenced by the type of graft, your body’s healing capacity, and on the area in which the graft was done.
Following post-operative instructions from your oral surgeon can help ensure that you have a quicker and smoother recovery period.