What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that helps to alleviate the effects of bone loss. Bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but is most commonly due to periodontal disease. When bone loss occurs, you may not be able to have other dental procedures done. The procedure involves placing bone material in the area where it is missing so that it naturally fuses with the surrounding bone and creates a more stable structure.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
Bone loss can occur for a few different reasons. We can identify bone loss by taking x-rays and other images. If you need another procedure done, like implants, you may need to have a bone grafting done before going for surgery. Some of the reasons you may have bone loss include:
- Gum disease
- Facial trauma
- Poor oral hygiene
Who’s a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
To determine if you’ll need a bone grafting done, you’ll come into our office for a consultation and exam. We will take x-rays and other special images to determine if bone loss is present and to what extent it currently is. Bone loss is incredibly common, so it’s an issue that you need not worry about. Bone grafting is safe and effective, and it can create a more structured surface for other procedures.
What can be expected with Bone Grafting?
You will come into our office for a consult and exam before the actual procedure. We will then discuss sedation options available for the procedure. You’ll have the sedation or anesthetic administered. Next, an incision is made through the gums and the bone material is placed in the area where it is missing. Bone growth factor may be used to ensure the material fuses with the surrounding bone. The bone grafting material will heal after several months and you can go for other treatment as needed.
If you are in need of bone grafting, be sure to call our office so that one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.