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.
CAN BONE GRAFTING PREVENT DRY SOCKET?
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms over the empty socket becomes dislodged. It then exposes the sensitive nerve endings inside the socket. It is a very painful condition that can be prevented with a bone graft. The new bone sits inside the socket protecting it from exposure.
WHY IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY AFTER EXTRACTION?
After an extraction you will likely experience bone loss at the extraction site. The part of the jaw under the gum line, called the alveolar ridge, can reduce both in height and width. This is in part due to the fact that new bone growth is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s root. When the tooth was in the socket, the force exerted through eating and chewing promoted new bone growth in the jaw. Now the tooth has been extracted there is no longer that stimulation and bone loss occurs. Many oral surgeons have observed that bone loss is far less when a bone graft is performed after extraction. This can help preserve the shape of your jawline and aid in keeping your other teeth. Additionally, if you plan to get an implant later then your jaw will be more prepared to support it.
IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY FOR DENTURES?
If you plan to use dentures after a tooth extraction, you may wonder if it is really necessary to have a bone graft. Well, there are many benefits of having a bone graft, even if you are not planning to have a dental implant. Your jaw bone will be stronger after having a bone graft. This will give your dentures a strong foundation to fit on to. A bone graft will also help provide a smooth surface for your dentures, making it easier for the dentures to fit to. This will reduce any sliding that you could experience if you chose not to have a bone graft. The surgeons at Benicia Oral Surgery would always recommend that you replace your teeth with an implant or hybrid implant as this provides the most secure option to replace your natural teeth.