Bone Grafting is used to prepare a site for dental implants that are needed to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bone, in an area where teeth have been lost, naturally shrinks or resorbs over time, both in height and width. As a result, new bone must be grafted to create a secure site for placing implants and to achieve aesthetic results. Bone grafting can also be used to save teeth that have experienced bone loss resulting from gum disease.
Bone Loss can be caused by:
- The loss of a tooth
- Localized infection
- Gum disease
What to expect from a Bone Graft Procedure?
Prior to your procedure, we will go over any pre-operative instructions you should follow, as well as any specifics about the surgical process. The following general steps may be included:
1. A local anesthetic is applied to the grafting site.
2. A small opening is made in the area where bone is needed.
3. The grafting material is gently placed within the grafting site, alongside the existing bone, and stabilized with a protective covering.
4. The area is sutured—stitches will either dissolve or be removed by the doctor in 7 to 10 days.
5. Allow approximately 3 to 6 months for healing.
How can I reduce the risk of bone loss in the future?
The risk of bone loss can be reduced by replacing lost teeth quickly, before significant bone loss occurs. If you’re not ready for dental implants at the time that your teeth are lost or removed, we may recommend a Rdige Preservation Procedure to maintain the bone in that area until your implants can be placed.
This tooth is unrestorable due to the large amount of bone loss that is missing on the front side of the tooth.
The defect in the bone is filled in with bone used from various sources.
The tooth is removed and there is a large hole in the bone that needs to be filled in.
The gum is the covered up. The goal is to preserve the height of the bone so that an implant can be placed.