What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafts are often necessary when you are missing an area of bone within the mouth. Bone loss can be caused by old extraction sites as well as gum disease. In order for other procedures to work effectively, like implants, enough bone has to be within the mouth. Bone grafts are done as out-patient procedures using effective, comfortable techniques.
Why is Bone Grafting needed?
The reason bone grafting may be needed is because you have an area of bone loss within the mouth. This bone loss can be a hindrance to other dental procedures being done. This may include dental implants, which need enough solid bone structure to fuse properly. The procedure is done easily and quickly in our office at your own convenience.
Who is a candidate for Bone Grafting?
Dr. Nguyen will examine your teeth and take special x-rays. This will help us to determine if you have bone loss and to what degree it currently is. If you have bone loss from old extractions or gum disease, we will often recommend a bone grafting. It is not uncommon to be told you need a bone graft prior to dental implant surgery.
What happens during Bone Grafting?
To begin, we will administer a local or general anesthetic to improve your comfort. Dr. Nguyen then creates a small incision through the gums. Donor or synthetic bone is added to the area where it is missing. Growth factor may be added to ensure that the new bone bonds with the surrounding area. The gums are sutured and you’ll be ready to head home after coming out of sedation. The procedure has minimal recovery time, and it is one of the most common oral surgeries performed worldwide. You will find that your dental implants are more solid and stable thanks to undergoing a bone graft in our office before having the actual restorations placed within the mouth.
If you think you might need or want bone grafting, call the office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.