Bone grafting is a procedure that is done to restore bone that has been lost or diminished due to missing teeth or other facial conditions. At Dr G Dental STudio, we offer bone grafting by Dr Casas, experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Many patients who wish to receive dental implants must go through the bone grafting procedure first to replace the bone beneath the dental arch. As a result, bone grafting and dental implants often go hand-in-hand in the dental industry. If you are a patient who might be getting dental implants, keep in mind that bone grafting is fairly normal. Luckily, bone grafting is nothing to be afraid of.
When is Dental Bone Grafting Necessary?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure done to repair or rebuild bones by transplanting bone tissue. Transplanting bone tissue promotes bone recreation and supports the missing tissue. When a patient has an inadequate amount of healthy bones in his or her mouth that are not capable of supporting dental implants, bone grafting may be necessary. The deficiency of the natural bones can be caused by:
- Gum disease
- Face injury or trauma
- Empty space after teeth were removed
- Development defects
Who is a Good Candidate for Bone Grafting?
People who have lost a tooth or have had gum disease might need a bone graft in order for a dental implant to be done. Due to tooth loss, the bone around your teeth starts to disappear. In fact, when multiple teeth are missing, bone loss can start to affect the way your face looks since there is not enough bone to support it. Bone grafting is best for patients who need to restore their appearance and helps dental implants or any other dental replacements stay in place.
Types of Dental Bone Grafting
There are a few different options when it comes to dental bone grafting, including:
- Block bone graft: A block bone graft is done by using bone from the back of your jawbone near your wisdom teeth. This is a good option for serious bone loss.
- Socket graft: A socket graft is done at the same time a tooth is extracted. This prevents bone loss right after an extraction.
- Sinus lift: A sinus lift is done when the molars on the upper row of teeth have been lost. It is called a ‘sinus lift’ because the graft is needed when it is in close proximity to the sinus.
How Does Tooth Loss Cause Bone Loss?
The alveolar bone can become affected and result in bone loss, as its purpose is to support and hold your teeth. Also, the jaw bone becomes strengthened every time you chew and without the proper bite from healthy teeth, it does not strengthen the jaw bone. In order for a dental implant to bond, there must be a sufficient foundation for it to stay in place.
Are Bone Grafts Painful?
Fortunately, bone grafts are not painful. At Dr G Dental Studio, Dr Casas performs this procedure every day. Patients are typically sedated throughout the entire procedure. Even as the bone graft heals, you should not feel any pain. Once the bone graft is done, you will be ready to enjoy your beautiful new smile with your new dental implants.