Bone grafting is the use of a special bone grafting material, that is surgically implanted onto your jaw bone. The bone graft helps heal bone by creating new, stronger bone in the area.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure where bone is fused onto one or more areas of the jaw to improve density–usual in preparation for implants. This procedure is essential for patients suffering from bone loss, such as those who have advanced periodontal disease. If you think you could benefit from this procedure, come to One Fine Smile for bone grafting in Oak Park.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting involves placing bone in an area where it is currently missing. We often use artificial bone as it is minimally invasive and does not use animal products to restore the site. Your dentist will discuss which option is best for you during your consultation.
The graft itself acts more as a platform for the nearby bone to grow upon; the new bone growth will eventually replace the graft material, made up of the minerals calcium, phosphorous, and hydroxyapatite, and absorb into the body.
When is Bone Grafting Necessary?
There are several reasons why a bone graft may be needed. You might be a candidate for a bone graft if:
- You have advanced periodontal disease
- You have suffered some type of bone-related trauma
- You have a birth defect that has affected your jawbone
How Does Bone Grafting Work?
Bone graft procedures are a lot easier than some people think. You will first come in for a consultation and series of x-rays. Next, we will discuss your bone graft options with you and will schedule the procedure. Our highly trained dentist will then make an incision into your jawbone where the bone graft is needed. The bone graft will be placed, and the incision will be closed.
The bone graft will need quite some time to fuse with the jawbone. Once the procedure is finished, you will be sent home with aftercare instructions to promote healing–follow up appointments will be scheduled prior.
Do You Think You Need Bone Grafting in Oak Park, IL?
If you are interested in learning more about bone grafting, contact us today! One of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.