Bone Grafting

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves placing bone material in an area where loss has occurred. Bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause of bone loss in the mouth is periodontal disease. Unfortunately, not only does bone loss cause a sunken-in appearance to the face, but it can be detrimental to other procedures, like dental implants. Bone grafting is easy, safe and incredibly effective at treating bone loss.

Why is Bone Grafting necessary?

Bone grafting may be necessary because you’re undergoing surgery for a dental implant. If bone loss is found, the implant will not be able to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone correctly. This can result in a loose and ill-fitting implant that doesn’t last as long as it should. You may need bone loss to help enhance the look of your face as well as to improve the fitting of a denture.

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Who’s a good candidate for Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is incredibly common, but you should still be healthy enough to undergo this oral surgery. Ideally, you shouldn’t have a condition that inhibits your body from healing properly after the work has been done. We’ll consult with you prior to the bone grafting and will take x-ray images as needed. Most patients who need bone grafting done can safely have the procedure completed in our office.

What happens during the procedure for Bone Grafting?

The first step is a consultation and exam that allows us to determine if you’ll need grafting done. We will discuss your sedation options so that the surgery is comfortable for you. The procedure itself involves creating an incision through the gums and placing bone material in the area where it’s been lost. A special bone graft growth factor is then used to promote better fusion between the bone grafting material and the actual surrounding bone. The graft will heal in a few weeks to just a few months and you’ll be ready to have your implants or denture placed.

If you need bone grafting done and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.