Dental bone grafting can be a frightening thought for patients who have lost some teeth. With age, teeth begin to fall out due to infection or damage causing the underlying jawbone to atrophy with disuse. This often leaves the jaw in a condition in which the health of the bone cannot support dental implant placements. Although these patients would not be suitable for dental implants under these conditions, this does not mean however that all hopes are lost for them. Today, we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. Bone grafting can repair implant sites where bone structure is inadequate to hold posts.
Bone grafting is typically necessary for patients who have lost teeth and have experienced bone loss. The procedure is a common preliminary treatment for patients who want to receive dental implants, but lack the required bone tissue to support the implant posts. Bone grafting is also common following a tooth extraction. The bone graft can aid in preserving the surrounding jaw, and in preventing bone loss from setting in rapidly after tooth loss.
A bone graft can rebuild your jaw and help you qualify for life-changing dental implants treatment.
Candidates for this procedure ought to be in good overall and oral health. If you suffer from current gum disease or other health conditions, you may need to receive treatment before you can undergo a bone graft. We advise patients to quit smoking before and during bone graft treatment, because this habit can have a significant impact on the success of your bone graft, and can slow healing. Your age and certain medical conditions can also have an effect on your chances of success. It is important to discuss all facets of your health with Dr. Karagodsky when you are planning your surgery.
Prior to any procedure, you will meet with Dr. Karagodsky for a consultation. He will carefully review your medical history and the current state of your oral health to determine if you will benefit from a bone graft. Depending on your current health and goals, you can choose from different materials for your graft. Your options include a graft from your own tissue, from a synthetic material, or from donor tissue.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Karagodsky and his staff will administer anesthesia and ensure your comfort. Once you are ready, he will begin your procedure. If you are receiving a graft from your own tissue, Dr. Karagodsky will first remove the tissue from the donor area. He will use conservative, expert techniques to place your graft in the treatment area and secure it in place. Dr. Karagodsky may include an additive which will help to stimulate the healing and integration of the tissues. The gum tissue is then sutured over the grafted area. Patients will generally spend about four to nine months healing after a bone grafting procedure.
A bone graft adds tissue to weak areas of your jaw, helping you to achieve the bone density and strength necessary for dental implants.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of bone grafting is that it slows and can prevent jawbone atrophy following tooth loss. This procedure can help preserve a more youthful appearance, and, following Extraction, can keep your jawbone healthy for Restorative Treatments. Bone grafts can also improve your eligibility for Dental Implants if you have already suffered from bone loss. This procedure helps to strengthen the jawbone so that it can provide adequate support for implant posts, which further improves your oral health by replacing lost tooth roots.
A bone graft can rebuild your jaw, and help you to qualify for life-changing dental implants treatment. Contact Smile Maker Today to schedule your consultation, and find out if bone grafting is right for you.