For a variety of reasons, sometimes your jawbone loses the strength and density it once had. This becomes a particular problem if you are hoping for an implant to replace a lost tooth. The skilled team at Estudillo Oral Surgery offers bone grafting procedures to strengthen your jawbone. Call the office to schedule a consultation today or book an appointment online.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure where your Estudillo Oral Surgery specialist strengthens your jaw by placing grafting material in your bone to encourage more bone growth. Grafting materials come from a variety of sources including:
- A human donor
- A portion of bone taken from another area in your body
- Animal source (i.e. bovine bone sample)
- Synthetic bone material
Once in place, your natural bone is encouraged to grow around the grafting material.
Why is bone grafting necessary before dental implant surgery?
Dental implants need a dense and strong jaw to fuse with. Sometimes certain conditions have weakened your jaw to the point where it can’t support an implant. Certain reasons your jaw could lose density include:
- Advanced gum disease
- Certain cancer treatments
- Abnormal hereditary bone formation
- Past trauma or fracture
- Missing teeth
If your jaw isn’t strong enough to hold an implant, a bone grafting procedure can encourage your own bone growth. After a few months, your jaw will build strength and you can return to the Estudillo Oral Surgery office to see if you are ready for implants.
What is the procedure for bone grafting?
If you are having a tooth extraction, oftentimes your surgeon will perform the grafting procedure directly afterward. Not only does this keep you from having to go through two procedures, but at this point, your surgeon already has access to the bone. Your provider will place the grafting material and cover it with a protective membrane before stitching your wound shut.
If your bone graft is happening during a separate procedure your surgeon will need to first cut into your gums to reveal the bone beneath. The team at Estudillo Oral Surgery offers both local anesthesia and sedation so you won’t feel a thing and be relaxed during the procedure.
If you are hoping for implants, but don’t have enough jaw density to support them, call the office to set up a bone grafting consultation or book your appointment conveniently online today.