What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is often done before dental implants are placed. In some cases, a patient will not have enough healthy, solid bone structure to successfully support a dental implant. This can cause the implant to become loose or to break and crack under pressure. To prevent this from happening, a bone graft is done to build up in the area where it is missing.
Why might Bone Grafting be needed?
The most common reason for needing a bone graft is because you’re planning to have dental implants placed. You might have suffered from bone loss as a result of periodontal disease or another medical condition. In order for the implants to heal properly, they need enough bone to fuse with over time. If you have implants already placed and are currently beginning to have bone loss around the implants, a grafting can help to re-stabilize them.
Who is a candidate for Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a simple procedure that is done right here in our office. Most patients who have bone loss and want implants can benefit from having the procedure done. To determine if you have areas of bone loss, we will recommend having x-rays and other special images taken. These images allow us to see if bone loss is present and the best way to go about performing the bone grafting.
What happens during the procedure for Bone Grafting?
The grafting procedure will begin with anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. We then make an incision through the gums and place the bone material. Bone material can either be synthetic, donor or bovine, and we will discuss your options when coming in for a consultation. A growth factor may be used to help the new grafting to heal and bond with the surrounding area. The gums are sutured and the area is given time to heal. Upon the successful completion of the grafting, we can go ahead and place the implants to restore your whole smile.
If you think you might need bone grafting, call our office today to speak with one of our trained and helpful staff members.