Bone grafting is a minor oral surgery procedure that replaces missing bone in the jaw with synthetic or grafted bone. If a tooth has been extracted, the jaw bone where the tooth was rooted will begin to deteriorate, causing the surrounding teeth to shift and loosen. Bone grafting can prevent this by restoring the jaw bone and preventing it from being reabsorbed by the body.
Bone Grafting Procedure
The procedure is done under local anesthesia. Before the procedure, our dentist will first make sure that the patient's gums are healthy so that there is minimal risk of infection.
Our dentist will then numb the area by injecting a local anesthetic. The patient should feel the pressure once the area has been numb. Then, our dentist will cut a small flap on the gum tissue. The gum flap will be lifted away from the jawbone. The dentist will then remove small portions of the bone around the roots of the teeth. Then, the dentist will insert a mesh-like material that will graft the bone. The dentist will stitch the gum tissue over the bone, which will heal and cover that material. This mesh-like material will fuse to the original bone and strengthen the jawbone.
Aftercare for the Process
Recovery after bone surgery will vary from patient to patient. A patient may experience pain and swelling post-op, for which over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs can be effective ways to ease discomfort. Patients will also be told to avoid exercising or performing strenuous physical activities, and the recovery process will take several weeks or months, depending on the extent of the procedure.
Advantages of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can help improve the function and aesthetics of your smile. It can be performed using your own bone or a donor's bone. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in a very short amount of time.
This procedure can help ensure that the bone in your jaw remains healthy, building a stronger foundation for teeth.
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