Dental bone grafting is a technique that adds bone and provides structural support to your jaw. If you have been recommended dental implants for missing teeth but do not have enough bone, we use this procedure to help generate enough bone support for your implant.
Apart from this, bone grafting can also restore the shape and contour of your face. You can visit our office and discuss everything about this procedure to prepare yourself for bone grafting.
When Do I Need Bone Grafting?
Grafting is primarily used to provide enough volume of bone before placing dental implants or to help support a prosthesis. We will use a CT scan to determine the height, shape, and width of your bone and evaluate whether you are a candidate for the procedure or not. Bone grafting may also be required in other events leading to bone loss.
The most common reasons resulting in bone loss are tooth loss and gum disease.
What is the Procedure?
We start with numbing the area of surgery using a local anesthetic. We will use freeze dried deminieralized bone from a donor, artificial bone, or bone sourced from other animals, or a combination of these.
The site of surgery is allowed to heal for 4 to 6 months before placing dental implants. This period allows enough healing time for your new bone and increases its volume density.
How to Prevent Bone Loss?
Once the surgery is complete, it is essential to follow all the recommendations we give for better recovery. It includes taking care of your eating habits and avoiding eating hard foods such as candies, nuts, and ice. We will provide you with some prescriptions to help with healing and manage any pain or swelling. Rinse your mouth using an antibacterial rinse.
It is also essential to be proactive about keeping gum diseases at bay so that you may also avoid the chances of bone loss in the future. For this, you must take your oral hygiene seriously. Brush your teeth twice a day and pay attention to cleaning around your gum lines. Floss after every meal to prevent the accumulation of food particles and bacteria. Visit us regularly for cleanings, check-ups, and dental examinations.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.