What are Bone Grafts?
Bone grafts are most often needed when a patient has some level of bone loss within the mouth. When you are missing bone, this can make it impossible to perform other treatments, like dental implants. A bone graft can be placed in the area it is missing so that you can undergo other procedures. Bone loss can be caused by old extraction sites as well as gum disease.
Why are Bone Grafts needed?
You might be interested in dental implant surgery or be wearing an ill-fitting denture that is uncomfortable no matter how many adjustments are being done. In this case, a bone graft can and should be done. Bone loss can be caused by gum disease, old extraction sites as well as aging and other bone-related disorders. The procedure can help to fill in the areas where bone is missing so that other treatments are done more successfully.
Who is a candidate for a Bone Graft?
Most patients are good candidates for bone grafts. Our doctors will go over all medical and health history to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Once finished, you will be ready to have other treatments done as needed. The bone graft can be done using synthetic, donor or your own bone material, and this will be discussed during your consultation.
What happens during a Bone Graft?
The first step will be to administer a local anesthetic or sedative of your choice. Once this is done, we will create an incision through the gums. The bone graft material is then placed in the area where the bone is missing. A growth factor may be used to help the bone to heal and bond with the surrounding area. Once the graft has healed, you can have other treatments done without the issue with bone loss getting in the way.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafts, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members. Our office offers quality amenities, like a snack and beverage bar as well as low wait times and a convenient payment plan specific for budgeting treatment.