When you want to improve your appearance or get a sturdy replacement for lost teeth, implants in all their various forms provide excellent solutions. But to get implants, you need to have strong bones to support them. Missing teeth over a long period of time causes your jaw bone to erode and disintegrate. They don’t leave enough support to seat implants properly. A dental bone graft is a procedure that solves that problem. You can get the attractive implants you want and improve your dental health at the same time!
The bone grafting procedure requires that your dentist take bone — or another material that’s like bone — from one place and put it into the area where you need it more. Your dentist relies on dental bone grafts to:
- Improve your jawline and structure
- Save your original teeth from degrading any further
- Fill areas where you had a tooth pulled
- Create a stable platform in which implants can be placed
Bone grafting procedures are routine for your dental team at Dental Associates of Morris County. They’re safe too, but the intensity of treatments varies. After a thorough examination, medical history and bone density scan, your dentist can tell you if a bone graft is an appropriate treatment for you.
Why Do I Need a Bone Grafting Procedure?
Bone grafting is done to build up your bone structure underneath your teeth. An extensive bone graft surgery can be performed to reshape your entire jawline. Most of the time, though, bone graft surgery is done to save your natural teeth that have been damaged or to build your jaw to support teeth that may be on the verge of trouble.
When a tooth is lost — whether due to decay or an accident over time — the bone diminishes. Eventually, the surrounding bone collapses. This shift changes the positon of your teeth and your facial appearance.
Gum disease is one of the major culprits when it comes to causing your bone to wear away. But no matter how you came to lose your teeth, bone grafting allows you to keep the structure sound that holds up your teeth so they won’t shift.
Is Bone Graft Surgery for You?
At Dental Associates of Morris County, the bone graft procedure is tailored to your specific needs. Since it’s so unique, the procedure can be ideal when you rely on a dental team with whom you have history and who knows your dental health well.
And now is a good time to talk to your dentist about bone grafting and its many advantages to your overall health and well-being. The Creighton University School of Dentistry states that: “Many times a dentist needs to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago.”
Get a Painless Bone Grafting Procedure
You usually can get by with just local anesthesia because of the newest techniques in bone graft surgery. But if you are very sensitive or overly anxious, you have access to state-of-the-art sedation dentistry at your Madison, NJ dental practice. If your dentist believes the procedure may be extensive, he may even recommend stronger anesthetics.
Bone grafting material either comes from your own body, from a donor, from an animal or more often, it’s made synthetically in a lab. All are expertly sanitized to integrate safely in your jaw.
Once an incision is made, the new material is fused to your jaw. Grafting material can serve as a placeholder so your bone has enough room to regenerate on its own. It also stimulates additional bone growth. Real animal or human bone actually fuses to your jaw and becomes a natural part of your bone structure.
Recovery After a Bone Grafting Procedure
Dental bone graft surgery recovery usually requires a significant amount of time, as long as six months, for your mouth to heal completely. You need to follow instructions carefully to avoid damaging the site. Brush carefully with a soft-bristled brush and avoid flossing around the graft. You can go back to your normal routines once good blood flow allows the area to heal properly.
Keep your appointments made to follow up. Your dentist makes sure the bone graft and any implants you received are healthy. The success of the bone graft procedure depends on it. The National Institutes of Health states: “There was no difference in the dental implant survival rate when implants were placed in native bone or bone-grafted sites. Smoking and lack of professional maintenance were significantly related to increased implant loss.”
Recovery time and comfort is different for everyone. Share your concerns with your dentist so he can tell you how to speed up the process and prevent complications. He may give you a prescription for pain medicine for a couple days and advise you on the best over-the-counter remedies to take when you need them.