At Complete Dental, we help patients to get the healthy, beautiful smiles that they deserve. One of the ways that we make dream smiles a reality is by performing bone grafting surgery – a process that will rebuild jawbone density in order to improve dental wellness.
Why Might You Need Bone Grafting?
Bone loss of the jaw is usually caused by tooth loss. Without the right tooth structure to support, your jaw bone density will diminish with time. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of oral problems, including teeth that shift out of place. The health and functionality of your remaining teeth could be in jeopardy, and your facial shape may begin to change. Bone grafting can help to correct the damage, most notably before you have dental implants put into place.
Who is a Candidate for a Bone Graft?
A good candidate for a dental bone graft will be healthy, both overall and in terms of their oral health. They should not suffer from any chronic health problems that could make grafting a risky endeavor. An ideal candidate will also refrain from smoking – preferably permanently, but during the healing process at a minimum.
What Happens during a Bone Graft?
The bone graft procedure involves taking bone from somewhere else and implanting it into the jaw. It can be taken from your tibia, hip, or from a different site in your jaw. Donor bone or artificial bone might also be options, but they are usually considered as last resorts.
Once the bone has been transplanted to its new location, it will fuse to the original bone and will begin to grow. The bone will go through osseointergration, and after the process is complete, it will be prepared to support your new dental implants.