Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to correct issues with bones and joints. While it is used medically, the process is also used in dentistry to fix problems with the jaw bone.
The bone used in a bone graft normally comes from another part of your body. However, if this is not possible, then donor bone or synthetic bone may be used instead. It is important to understand that the bone grafting procedure can be lengthy as it takes some time for the new, healthy bone to grow. Initially after your procedure you can expect to experience some discomfort including swelling, bruising and minor bleeding. However, you can take pain medications and anti-inflammatories to help manage some of these symptoms. You may also decide to opt for a soft diet for at least the first few days after your procedure.
After several months, the grafts should have been successful and, if you are planning on having dental implants, your dentist will be able to move forward with this and begin preparing your new smile.
You have a missing tooth
Tooth loss is surprisingly common and can occur for several reasons. Some patients will experience trauma to their face that causes them to lose a tooth, while others will suffer from severe damage or decay to their tooth that make extraction the only viable option. However, once a tooth has come out, the jaw bone beneath where it was begins to deteriorate. This happens because there is no tooth present to stimulate healthy growth. If the bone deteriorates too much it will affect your facial structure and the overall appearance of your face. Bone grafting is a successful way of stimulating bone growth so that your jaw is strong and defined once more.
You are suffering from gum disease
Also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, this condition occurs when plaque penetrates the gums and causes infection. If gum disease is allowed to progress, the infection can eventually weaken the jaw bone and cause the teeth to become loose. Fortunately, most dentists assess for the presence of gum disease during every check-up appointment and if it is caught early, it can be treated, and the effects reversed. However, if your jaw bone has been compromised as a result of periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend you for bone grafting which will restore its strength.
You want to receive dental implants
Dental implants are considered to be the premier solution for replacing missing teeth. The design of implants incorporates an artificial tooth root. This is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone, to which the visible portion of the tooth is attached. However, for the procedure to be successful, the implant has to integrate with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. When the implant post is placed, the damage to the bone stimulates healing and regrowth, and this happens around the post to hold it firmly in place. Nevertheless, if there is not enough healthy jaw bone then you will not be considered a good candidate for dental implants and your dentist will probably recommend that you undergo bone grafting to enable you to benefit from this revolutionary solution.
You don’t need to let a compromised jaw bone prevent you from obtaining the smile that you deserve. To find out more about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment to discuss bone grafting, please call our expert Loma Linda, CA dental team.