Dental bone grafts are transformative procedures that will help restore the appearance of your teeth and jaw.
Whether your original teeth were lost due to disease or an accident, you don’t have to live with missing teeth forever. This straightforward, effective surgery will restore your jawbone and make implants and crowns possible.
Medical and Physical Conditions
Your oral surgeon or dentist may recommend a dental bone graft for a number of reasons. You could have severe periodontal disease that has caused your gums to recede and your teeth to degenerate. Cavities may have led to the need for multiple tooth extractions.
You also could have been the victim of an accident or attack that resulted in severe tooth trauma, leading to the need for removal. Or, maybe you have had malformed teeth from birth, and extractions were required to salvage at least a portion of your natural teeth.
Why a Dental Bone Graft?
Whatever the reason for your surgery, it all comes down to one simple fact: When teeth are absent from the jawbone, it slowly disintegrates because it has nothing to support. Over time, if you’ve gone for years with gaps in your smile, the jawbone beneath where your teeth used to be probably degraded significantly.
This is where a graft can help. It restores your jawbone to its prior strength and allows for the placement of implants in your newly restored jaw.
How it Works
Your oral surgeon will take bone from one of many places to replace your lost jawbone matter: other parts of your jaw, your other bones such as your hip, a bone bank, or a synthetic bone supply.
The procedure is precise yet detailed, with your oral surgeon focusing on rebuilding the bone based on the imaging results from a CT scan of your jaw. You will feel nothing, as the area will be completely numbed, while the surgeon makes an incision in your gum and fuses the new bone pieces in place.
Recovering from Surgery
As with any oral surgery, bone grafts require allowing your mouth to heal and focusing on oral hygiene throughout the healing process to avoid infection. You will have pain medication and guidelines on cleaning your mouth while avoiding the surgical site.
An uneventful procedure will result in your newly restored jawbone being ready for an implant about six to nine months following the surgery.
Is this Procedure Safe and Effective?
Dental bone graft procedures are highly effective and completely safe, especially when conducted by a team of experienced oral surgeons, which is why it is such a common surgery.
If you have questions about whether a dental bone graft might be right for you, it’s time to make an appointment with the staff at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to learn more about the process.