What are Bone Grafts?
Bone grafts may be required for more invasive procedures or because there is inadequate bone in one or more areas of the mouth. Most often, a bone grafting is needed prior to having dental implants placed. Bone loss can occur as a result of periodontal disease or tooth loss. Dr. Adkins is able to perform the bone graft in-office at your own convenience.
Why are Bone Grafts needed?
A bone graft is typically only needed if there is not enough bone in one or more areas of your mouth. You may require bone grafting surgery before dental implants can be placed. The bone graft allows for more bone to be in an area, providing stabilization of the restoration being placed. Bone grafts are relatively simple procedures that take about an hour to perform in our office.
What makes you a good candidate for Bone Grafts?
Bone grafts require oral surgery, so it is important that you’re healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. You will first come in for an exam and consultation before it’s determined that a bone graft is necessary. Most of our patients who need a bone graft are eligible for the procedure and can have it done. The graft itself can be done using synthetic or xenograft bone, as this will be discussed at the consultation.
What to expect with the Bone Grafting procedure?
The first step is administering anesthetic or sedation of your choosing. The area that will be receiving the bone graft will be exposed. The grafting material is placed in the area and a growth factor may be used to improve osseointegration. The bone will then fuse naturally with the remaining bone in the area. This may take several weeks to just a few months. After this process, you may require additional surgery as needed, as is found with dental implants. Bone grafts are relatively simple and can be quickly done in our office.
If you think you might need a bone graft or would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office so that our helpful staff members can answer your questions.