Bone Grafting: Regaining a Strong Foundation for Your Smile
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that adds bone material to your jawbone where there is bone deficiency. This can be done to:
- Support dental implants: If there is not enough of your own jawbone or it isn’t strong enough to support dental implants, bone grafting can create a stable foundation for them.
- Treat bone loss: Bone loss can occur due to gum disease, injury, or other factors. Bone grafting can help restore your jawbone to its natural shape and function.
- Prepare for other dental procedures: Bone grafting may be necessary before certain procedures, such as a sinus lift or socket preservation at the time of tooth extraction to allow future implants placement
Bone graft can be divided into four categories:
- Autografts: Bone taken from another part of your own body, such as ramus or chin.
- Allografts: Bone donated from another person at tissue bank
- Xenografts: Bone from an animal, such as a cow.
- Synthetic bone substitutes: Materials made in a laboratory.
We utilize Allograft and Xenograft as the most common type of bone grafting material.
After bone grafting, you can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising. You most likely will need to take antibiotics and pain medication. It will take several months for the bone graft to heal completely, but you will be back to normal just like after tooth extraction, which takes 3-4 weeks to be covered with new gum tissue. All bone graft materials eventually become your own bone in a process called bone turn over.
Bone grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr.Denisovich has decades of experience with bone grafting procedures and will help you get it done right.