After the teeth are extracted, they are not replaced immediately as the gum has to heal. However, the spaces in between can cause the alveolar bone to deteriorate causing a significant bone loss. Furthermore, it causes the surrounding teeth to shift to the spaces thereby affecting your dental structure. If you have a severe bone loss, you may not be a candidate for dental implants, and the dentist may recommend a dental bone grafting to promote bone growth. Yes, there are other cosmetic dental treatments you can use to replace your missing teeth, but all are semi-permanent, but dental implants provide a permanent and long-lasting solution.
A dental bone graft is a surgical procedure done to rebuild your bone density and prepare the jaw for a dental implant. The procedure is done by transplanting bone tissue to promote bone growth.
For the bone graft to be successfully done, the dentist may get the bone granules from different sources. The type of bone matter used will depend on the severity of your bone loss. Some of the options bone tissue sources include:
Our dentist may recommend dental bone graft for various reasons such as:
During the dental procedure, the dentist will make an incision on the gum and fix the bone granules to the available space to generate new bone.
Bone grafts are safe and with modern dental technology, there is minimal risk. However, the procedure is not devoid of a few mishaps. The most common complications of bone graft include pain, infection, and failure to grow bone, but they can be treated with pain medication and antibiotics.
You will have swelling in the face and gums, pain, bleeding gums, and bruising on the skin. You can use prescribed medication to ease the discomfort and prevent infection.
Regardless of the length of the dental implant treatment, you will experience swelling of the gums and face, bruising on the skin, gum bleeding, pain, and discomfort.
Additionally, try to eat soft foods, avoid smoking, and spicy foods to facilitate proper gum healing.
Before a dental implant is done, the dentist must evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for the procedure or not. Contact our phoenix dentist or come to our 7Dental clinic for an assessment and discussion of the bone grafting procedure.