Bone Grafting

Why do I need a bone graft or bone grafting procedure?

Your teeth help support and maintain the bone structure around them.  Missing teeth will cause bone loss. Bone needs stimulation for maintenance and growth. Tooth loss eliminates that stimulation.  In order to properly place dental implants in sites have had missing teeth for some time, a bone graft is required. A bone graft will restore the foundation that will support and maintain the dental implant. It also helps protect the teeth from bacteria, trauma and further degeneration.

 What are other causes of bone loss that would require a bone graft or bone grafting procedure?

1) Periodontal disease (periodontitis: also known as gum disease) is an infection that causes bone, tissue, and tooth loss.

2) Crooked teeth (misaligned teeth) can cause abnormal chewing, stress, and trauma on the bone surrounding the teeth resulting in bone loss.

3) Long term wear of dentures can speed up bone loss due to placing stress and pressure on the jaw.

How do I know if I will need a dental bone graft or bone grafting procedure.

At your initial consult and in-take exam, Drs. Camacho and Rosenbaum will take a 3D image (CBCT scan) of your bone structure in order to see your bone levels.

What can I expect during my dental bone graft procedure?

During the dental bone grafting procedure, the gums will be separated from the existing teeth so that the periodontist can gain access to the underlying bone. Bone graft material will applied to the jaw. In special cases, Drs. Camacho and Rosenbaum can place a bone graft at the time of the dental implant placement. A barrier will be created to protect the bone. Once the graft is in place, the gums will be reattached to the area with sutures.

Where does the dental bone graft come from?

The bone graft material comes from donor tissue. This bone is FDA-approved, safe, and ready for immediate use during surgery.

What can I expect for the recovery period after a dental bone grafting procedure?

After the dental bone graft procedure, patients may experience swelling and pain for several days. It is important for patients to keep their mouth as clean as possible while the bone graft heals. The patient will return to the  office about 7 to 10 days after the procedure for a follow-up so the mouth can be evaluated to ensure proper healing. Over time, new bone and soft tissue will develop in the grafted site.

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