We can only imagine what our bodies would look like without bones. This scaffolding provides support, form, and protection to our organs and delicate tissue. The bone around your teeth, called alveolar bone, holds the teeth firmly in place. The particular height, shape, and density of this specialized bone can be compromised due to gum disease, tooth removal, and other forms of trauma.

If bone shrinks away from your teeth, it never grows back. In some cases, bone can be encouraged to fill in with grafting materials placed by Dr. Asad Ahsan. Every situation presents a different scenario, but more options than ever exist to promote bone repair in the jaw. For example, when a tooth needs removal, a large hole then exists in the bone. While it will fill eventually fill in naturally, the site tends to shrink, drawing bone away from the area jeopardizing surrounding teeth. Grafting materials can be placed at the time of tooth removal to help preserve the existing bone level. Bone grafts are especially beneficial if you are like considering an implant-supported restoration in the future.

Even areas that have already suffered bone collapse can often benefit from specialized grafting material, bolstering nearly any part of the jaw bone. It’s important to note: bone destroyed by gum disease often leaves significant defects around teeth. While some of these areas are grafting candidates, many of them experienced irreversible bone loss and compromised support of the teeth. Controlling gum disease with your Vital Dental team will serve your health much better than corrective surgical grafts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves adding bone tissue to an area where it is lacking or has been lost. It is commonly performed to augment the jawbone for dental implant placement or to address bone loss due to various reasons.

Why might someone need bone grafting?

Bone grafting is often necessary when there is insufficient bone volume in the jaw to support dental implants, or when bone loss has occurred due to tooth extractions, trauma, or periodontal disease.

How is bone grafting performed?

During a bone grafting procedure, the oral surgeon or dentist places bone graft material into the targeted area. This material can be sourced from the patient’s own body, a donor, or synthetic materials. Over time, the graft integrates with the existing bone.

Is bone grafting a painful procedure?

Bone grafting is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that patients do not feel pain during the procedure. Some discomfort may be experienced after the surgery, and pain medications are typically prescribed to manage any post-operative pain.

How long does it take for the bone graft to heal?

The healing time for a bone graft varies depending on the size and complexity of the graft, as well as individual healing factors. In general, it may take several months for the graft to integrate with the existing bone.

Can anyone undergo bone grafting for dental implants?

Many individuals with insufficient bone volume can undergo bone grafting to support dental implants. However, candidacy is determined through a comprehensive evaluation by the oral surgeon or dentist.

Are there risks associated with bone grafting?

While bone grafting is a common and safe procedure, as with any surgery, there are potential risks such as infection, graft rejection, or inadequate integration. The oral surgeon provides pre-operative information to minimize risks.

Can bone grafting be done at the same time as implant placement?

Yes, in some cases, bone grafting and implant placement can be performed during the same surgical appointment. This approach, known as immediate implant placement with bone grafting, can reduce overall treatment time.

Is bone grafting covered by dental insurance?

The coverage for bone grafting by dental insurance may vary. It’s advisable for patients to check with their insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for bone grafting procedures.

Can bone grafting improve facial aesthetics?

Yes, bone grafting can improve facial aesthetics by restoring lost bone volume. This can enhance the contours of the jaw and support the overall facial structure, providing both functional and cosmetic benefits.

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