A bone graft involves using either autograft or xenograft bone material to replace missing structure within the mouth. Most often, bone grafts are needed prior to oral surgery. You may need a bone graft if you are going to be having implants placed and do not have enough adequate bone structure in the area where the implants will be inserted. Fortunately, with modern bone grafting-techniques, the bone that has been lost can be built up again. This can benefit both your health and appearance by strengthening your jawbone, allowing more effective tooth replacement, and increasing support to your facial features. Bone grafts are done quickly, easily and comfortably in our office.
Why is a Bone Grafting needed?
A bone graft is typically recommended if you are missing bone structure somewhere within the mouth. Most often, a bone graft is required prior to surgery if you are missing bone that is vital to the success of the surgery. Bone grafting can help to restructure the face and mouth. Bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, so a full examination and series of x-rays is required prior to having the procedure done.
What makes you a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
Not everyone who is getting dental implants or having oral surgery done needs a bone grafting. To determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, you’ll need to have a consultation, exam and series of x-rays. This helps us to determine if you need a bone graft and the best possible grafting material to use during the procedure. Bone grafting is a type of oral surgery, so you must be healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and have the ability to heal from it.
What can be expected during Bone Grafting?
Before the procedure, you’ll receive either local or general anesthetic as needed. We can discuss your sedation options before the actual surgery. The procedure involves using either synthetic or real bone to replace what is missing within the mouth. A small incision is made through the soft tissue in order to place the bone. A growth factor may be used on top of the bone to encourage it to bond with the existing bone in the area. After the procedure, you’ll need to have someone else bring you home while you fully come out of sedation. Over the course of a few weeks to several months, your bone graft will bond with the existing bone in the area, creating more structure for future oral surgeries.
If you think you may need bone grafting or want to know more about this procedure, call our office and we’ll be able to help answer any of your questions.