What are Dental Bone Grafts, and Do I Need Them?

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A dental bone graft is a procedure to build bone in the jaw where bone mass has been lost or when extra support is required. Most individuals who hope to get dental implants often suffer due to bone loss. That causes it to be challenging to bond dental implants onto your jawbone. Hence by generating bone onto the implant position, implants become an alternative for the patient after a sufficient healing period has been conceded.

What are Dental Bone Grafts?

A dental bone graft is a procedure that attaches bone, and essential support and structure, to your mouth and jaw. That enables dental implants to be secured in position, wherever without the grafts, there would not be adequate bone to hold the implant.

The outcome is getting your dental implants fitted securely and comfortably. However, there is a healing period needed during the grafting procedure and after the implants are implanted. That method is done in two steps; firstly, the process of the bone graft, accompanied by joining your dental implants following months of healing.

When Are Dental Bone Grafts Required?

Do you need to have dental implants yet don’t have a suitable structure in your jaw to bear them? A dental bone graft could be the solution to your question.

A dentist can do a Computed Tomography (CT) scan to discover your bone density, height, and shape. That is how we can judge if you have faced enough bone decline needed for a bone graft procedure.

Various situations can lead to bone deterioration. However, these are the prevalent causes for bone loss:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis

Whatever the reason for the loss of bone, if there is not enough bone in your jaw to sustain dental implants, dental bone grafts may be the only answer.

Types of Dental Bone Grafts

  • Allografts: That graft utilizes bone from another person, usually a body.
  • Autografts: That requires bone from your own body, like from your jaw or hip.
  • Xenografts: That includes bone from different species, such as a pig or cow.

How Painful is a Dental Bone Graft?

During the procedure, you will be sedated. Therefore you won’t sense any pain or discomfort only after the anesthesia wears away. Next, the pain usually is bearable with over-the-counter pain killers a couple of days afterward.

Suppose you require a bone graft or want to find out more information on our services. Then, please schedule an appointment with us!

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