Bone grafting is a unique technique that helps increase the bone in the upper or lower jaw.
For a dental implant procedure to be successful, you must have enough bone at the implant site to aid tooth restoration, appearance, and maintenance of your new teeth.
There are different dental bone grafting methods. The method chosen for you will depend on the anatomy of the area, the amount of new bone growth needed, and what your dentist at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery recommends.
What Are The Different Types Of Bone Grafts?
There are four main types of services bone grafts may be needed for. They include:
Also referred to as tooth socket graft, this is a bone graft placed in the socket after tooth extraction. It helps the body fill the void left by the missing tooth and helps prevent socket sides from caving inwards.
The supporting jawbone of missing teeth over time will get thinner. Performing ridge augmentation surgery will help increase the volume and width of the jawbone. With this process, it can provide a stable foundation for dental implants or any other therapeutic option you use.
Maxillary sinuses sit above tooth socket in the upper back part of the teeth. When the upper back teeth are unavailable, sinuses can easily drop down, invading the empty tooth socket.
In such a case, our professional dentists will not place dental implants since they will penetrate the sinus membrane.
Instead, they will perform a sinus lift. A sinus lift will help raise the sinus to its rightful position. After that, the bone graft material will be placed below the sinus to create a solid foundation for a dental implant.
Periodontal Bone Graft
Gum disease can erode the jawbone, which can, in turn, cause the teeth to become loose. The periodontal bone graft will be placed around the tooth reducing its mobility and offering extra support for lost bone.
Bone Grafting Procedure
Our dentist will first carry out a dental examination to check the extent of damage to your gums, teeth, and jawbone. X-rays will be performed to help reveal the extent of bone loss.
After that, the dentist will recommend the right treatment option and develop a personalized treatment plan with grafted bone for you.
Our dentist will then numb the area using a local anesthetic. A small incision will then be made in the gums and jaw below.
The gum tissue will be moved back to make the jawbone visible. The dentist will clean the area before adding bone grafting material to fix the defect.
Benefits Of Bone Grafting Procedures
There may be several reasons why a bone graft may be right for you:
Dental bone grafting helps in restoring the damaged bones in your oral cavity. It is a common procedure for patients with periodontal bone loss and gum disease.
When the bones under the teeth weaken, the teeth in the gums weaken. When this happens, bone grafting has to be done to help restore the weak or damaged bones.
There are individuals with facial deformities which can be fixed through bone grafts. Performing cosmetic modification through bone growth will ensure patients regain confidence and their aesthetic appearance and repair defects or other facial conditions.
Future Dental Implant Surgery
Bone grafts help in providing support for dental structures and implants for missing teeth. Before dental implant oral surgery, one needs a strong jaw. When you have a weak jawbone, it must first be fortified to ensure it can support dental implants.
Am I A Bone Graft Candidate?
People with bone loss in their jaw will require a bone graft procedure. However, it will suit you if you are undergoing a tooth extraction, planning to replace a missing tooth through a dental implant, considering rebuilding the jaw before getting dentures, or having bone loss due to gum disease.
Is A Bone Graft Procedure Painful?
A bone graft is a predictable and routine procedure. Our dentists will always numb the area before they begin a bone grafting procedure. Numbing the area will prevent the patient from experiencing pain during the procedure.
It is usual for patients to experience some bruising, swelling, bleeding, and mild discomfort, especially when the anesthesia wears off. However, they will disappear after some time.
What Is The Success Rate Of Bone Grafting Procedures?
The bone grafting procedure is a very successful procedure for purposes of dental implant installation. However, there are rare cases when a bone graft procedure can fail to perform as intended.
Bone grafts can sometimes fail in patients with certain medical conditions. Cigarette smokers exhibit higher than average bone graft procedure failure.
It is important to consult with your doctor and dentist about whether bone grafting will be successful for you.
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How Long Is Recovery After Receiving A Bone Graft?
Different factors influence the bone grafting recovery period. Some factors include the patient's overall health, age, and type of bone grafting performed. Patients will usually recover from bone grafting in four to 12 months.
Bone Grafting Charlotte NC
You can count on Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery for your bone grafting needs. Our experienced surgeons will guide you, ensuring a safe and effective operation.
We have invested in high-quality and modern equipment that guarantees our clients efficient, fast, and secure bone grafting procedures.
Contact us at (980) 332-7990 to schedule a consultation, or visit one of our locations!