WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Bone grafting is a type of surgical procedure that is performed on a patient who is lacking bone in an area. Typically, bone grafting is used to treat any condition where bone may be diminished or missing due to problems with the joint or even trauma. Often, bone grafting is done before another procedure such as dental implants, to ensure that the jaw is strong enough to hold on to the implants.
The bone that is used in these procedures comes from either a donor, an animal, from the patient’s body, or it may be manmade to replicate bone. Once accepted by the body, the living bone will continue to grow.
When a patient goes into the dentist’s office, it is not unusual for the dentist to say that the patient needs a bone graft. This is because bone can be lost for a number of reasons including periodontal disease. In fact, many adults suffer from some form of gum disease and they do not even know it.
While the two words, “bone grafting,” may seem scary and painful, the procedure itself is actually not that bad and is painless, quick, and predictable.
Why Bone Grafting?
As mentioned briefly above, the main reason patients need to have a bone grafting procedure performed is due to bone loss resulting from periodontal disease. Gum disease is prevalent and it is not something that you want to let slip past you.
As gum disease is allowed to persist, you will begin to lose some of your jawbone, which results in tooth loss and sometimes a misshapen jaw line. In addition, you will find that your teeth shift differently and your bite may not be the same as it once was.
Typically, patients who are seeking out dental implants need to have the procedure performed to stimulate the regrowth of bone in their jaw.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
The procedure is considered painless and routine, so you do not have to fear being a lab patient. The procedure itself is beneficial for a number of reasons with the main one being that you can preserve your smile.
Once bone grafting is complete, you can seek out additional dental treatments to correct your smile and to replace missing teeth.
Risks of Bone Grafting
The risks of this surgical procedure are minimal, but it is important to discuss them as they can, although unlikely, occur. One of the first risks associated with the procedure is that your body will reject the bone. This is rare, but it does happen and you may need additional procedures to correct the issue.
It is also possible that your gums may begin to recede and pull away from your teeth a bit. Another risk is that your gums and teeth may be more prone to sensitivity than they once were. It is not hard to manage the sensitivity, but it is important to note that you may not be able to tolerate hot and cold foods the same way.
Lastly, there is always a risk of infection, bleeding, and swelling after the surgery is performed. If you notice that the area is sore or begins to bleed more than you think it should, you must call us to discuss it.
How Bone Grafting is Performed
The surgery is routine and performed frequently throughout dental offices everywhere. The goal of the surgery itself is to help jump start the body’s ability to reproduce bone that is missing in your mouth. To begin, your periodontist will separate your teeth and gums. This is done by pulling the gums away from the teeth. Once the gums are pulled away, Dr. Steve Kim will be able to see and access the roots and jawbone.
If the roots need to be cleaned, they will be at this point. Any holes that exist in the bone will be filled in at this point using one of the bone types mentioned above. Once the bone is injected into the holes, a protective lining will be placed over the grafting material to prompt healing. Your gums will be reattached and you will be instructed on how to care for your gums.
The healing process can take anywhere from six months up to nine months as the body attempts to regrow bone in your jaw.
Talk to Steve S. Kim, DDS about Bone Grafting Today
Whether you are looking to have dental implants placed or you are healing from periodontal disease, bone grafting is a procedure that can help restore any lost bone in your jaw. Once the bone grafting is complete, your body will begin to naturally create bone and fill in the open spaces in your jaw. To have solid, sturdy implants and teeth, your jaw needs to have all of its bone.
If you are considering bone grafting, speak with Steve S. Kim, DDS today!