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 mouth. This procedure is essential for patients who are suffering from bone loss, such as those who have advanced periodontal disease. Bone grafting can be done easily and quickly in the office and with the proper aftercare, the area is able to heal properly for your own beauty and comfort.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting involves placing bone in an area where it is currently missing. There are several types of grafts that can be placed. Most often, artificial bone is recommended as it is minimally invasive and does not use animal products to restore the area. However, your options can and will be discussed during the consultation with our doctors. The graft itself acts more as a platform for nearby bone to grow upon; the new bone growth will eventually replace the graft material, which is 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 recommended to you. Some of the reasons you’d be advised to have the procedure done include:
- You have advanced periodontal disease
- You have suffered some type of bone-related trauma
- You have a birth defect which has affected your jaw bone
The procedure to have bone grafting done is 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 jaw bone 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 together with the the jawbone. Once the procedure is finished, you will be sent home with aftercare instructions to promote healing, and follow up appointments will take place.
If you are interested in learning more about Bone Grafting, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.