Bone Grafts

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What are Bone Grafts?

The bone grafting procedure is an excellent way to replace lost bone tissue and encourage natural bone growth.  Bone grafting is a versatile and predictable procedure which fulfills a wide variety of functions. A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement, to halt the progression of gum disease, or to make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.

There are a wide variety of reasons why bone grafting may be the best option for restoring the jaw bone:

Dental Implants

Implants are the preferred replacement method for missing teeth because they restore full functionality to the mouth; however, implants need to be firmly anchored to the jawbone to be effective.  If the jawbone lacks the necessary quality or quantity of bone, bone grafting can strengthen and thicken the implant site

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift entails elevating the sinus membrane and grafting bone onto the sinus floor so that implants can be securely placed.

Ridge Augmentation

Ridges in the bone can occur due to trauma, injury, birth defects, or severe periodontal disease.  The bone graft is used to fill in the ridge and make the jawbone a uniform shape.

Nerve Repositioning

If the inferior alveolar nerve requires movement to allow for the placement of implants, a bone grafting procedure may be required.  The inferior alveolar nerve allows feeling and sensation in the lower chin and lip.

What to Expect During the Bone Graft Treatment

In most cases, bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic. Initially, a small incision is made in the gum tissue and then gently separated from the bone.  The bone grafting material is then placed at the affected site. Over the next couple of months, your body will replace the graft with its own natural bone.

Once the bone graft is complete & healed, any following surgery such as implant surgery can proceed!

Bone Graft Recovery  

Following your bone graft procedure, you may experience some soreness which can be managed by pain medication, as well as ice therapy. Recovery time will vary depending on the area being treated and the size of the bone graft.