If your jawbones could use a bit of structural support, or if you’re considering dental implants, getting a dental bone graft may be just what your smile needs. Whether you've experienced bone loss due to tooth extraction, gum disease or natural resorption—strong jaws mean you can enjoy healthy chewing, happy conversations and a stronger smile.
During the treatment, bone material is added to stimulate jawbone regeneration. This process helps to anchor the dental implant securely to your jaw.
Depending on what your unique smile needs, your general dentist or oral surgeon will determine which type of bone graft would be best. Speak with your Aspen Dental care team to learn more.
Types of bone grafts:
After a tooth extraction, a bone graft may be placed in the socket to preserve the bone structure and provide a stable foundation for future dental implants or prosthetics.
In cases where the upper jaw lacks sufficient bone height for dental implant placement, a sinus lift procedure can be performed. This involves adding bone graft material to the sinus area, located above the upper jaw, to increase bone volume and create a sturdy foundation for implant placement.
When the jawbone has experienced significant resorption, ridge augmentation treatment can be performed. Bone grafts are placed along the jaw ridge to rebuild its shape, height and width, allowing for successful implant placement.
In cases of advanced periodontal disease, bone loss around your teeth can occur. Bone grafts may be utilized to regenerate the lost bone and support affected teeth.
Crafting your personalized treatment plan based on the evaluation
Defining the graft type, source of graft material and grafting technique
Administering local anesthesia to relax you before the surgery
Optional sedation methods are available upon request with oral surgeon
Performing any additional coping measures to make you as comfortable as possible
Creating a small gum tissue incision to reveal the targeted jawbone area for grafting
Installing a protective membrane over the graft material for added safeguarding and healing support
Repositioning gum tissue to conceal the graft site, and closing it carefully with stitches
Your dentist or oral surgeon will share post-operative care instructions with you
Minimize side effects like discomfort, swelling, and bruising using prescribed pain relievers
Potential prescription of antibiotics to prevent infection
The healing stages of a dental bone graft typically follow a sequence:
After dental bone graft surgery, it's best to adhere to your dentist or oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions. This can include taking prescribed medications, maintaining good oral hygiene and following any necessary dietary restrictions.
The initial healing stage involves the graft material integrating with your natural bone. You may experience some swelling or tenderness.
At this stage, the graft site is well-healed and strong enough to support dental implants or other prosthetics. After six months, the graft site will be fully healed and you should be able to enjoy life as normal.
Signs of dental bone graft failure may include persistent pain, swelling, infection, or delayed healing at the graft site. In cases involving dental implants—mobility or exposure of the implants, as well as the absence of bone growth on X-rays, can also indicate graft complications. If you notice any of these signs, speak with your dental professional for an immediate evaluation.
It's important to follow the care instructions after bone graft surgery to help it heal faster. To best steward your oral health, avoid smoking and consume soft food during the first few days. Getting enough rest, eating nourishing foods and avoiding physical strain can also help you recover faster. Speak with your dentist or oral surgeon to get personalized advice on speeding up your healing process.
A bone graft after a tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent bone loss and provide a stable foundation for future dental procedures, like dental implants. It ensures the preservation or restoration of the jawbone structure and can enhance your oral health and aesthetics.
A dental bone graft typically looks like a granular or powdery material that is placed at the graft site. It is designed to promote new bone growth and may vary in color and texture depending on the type of graft material used.
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