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 jawbone density, we use this procedure to give enough bone support to your implant. Eventually, your implants fit securely and comfortably.
Apart from this, bone grafting can also restore the shape and contour of your face. You can visit our dental clinic and discuss everything about this procedure to prepare yourself for the grafting surgery.
When Do I Need Bone Grafting?
As stated, grafting is primarily used to provide enough density to your jawbone before placing dental implants. We will use a CT scan to determine the height, shape, and density 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 jawbone loss are traumatic facial injury, osteoporosis, gum disease, cancer, and gingivitis.
What is the Procedure?
We start with numbing the area of surgery using a local anesthetic. We will remove a small piece of bone from another part of your body or jaw. Sometimes, we may also use an artificial bone for bone graft surgery. In other cases, bone graft tissues may be sourced from cows or other animals.
We fuse the piece of the bone with the existing bone and secure it using special studs, membrane, or adhesive material. The site of surgery is allowed to heal for 4-6 months before placing dental implants. This period allows enough healing time for your new bone and increases its 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 too hard foods such as candies, ice, etc. We will prescribe some painkillers to manage the pain and 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 our iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robbins. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.