To safely insert dental implants, it might be necessary to add bone density to parts of your jaw that have suffered bone loss. If you're thinking about having dental implants, experienced dentists Afshin Vahadi, DDS, and Vafa Mirshams, DDS, and their experienced team at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, can help. They use expert bone grafting techniques to make sure there's enough healthy bone tissue to support an implant so that you can benefit from the natural appearance of replacement teeth. Call Lone Star Dental Care today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.
Bone Grafting Q & A
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure you might require if severe periodontal (gum) disease infects your jaw bone. An infected jaw can suffer a loss of bone structure, which weakens your supportive structures.
Bone grafting (also known as a sinus lift or ridge augmentation, depending on which bone is affected) is a process that rebuilds the jaw bone structure around your teeth. It improves your appearance and restores a strong, healthy jawline.
The Lone Star Dental Care team might recommend bone grafting before you undergo dental implant placement if you have reduced jaw bone density.
If you've lost teeth and wish to have dental implants, this may not be immediately possible if you've also lost a significant amount of jaw bone structure. Bone grafting helps fortify your jaw bone so you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
What types of bone grafting are there?
There are several methods of bone grafting to choose from, including:
These bone grafts use bone taken from a nonessential area of your body, like your chin. Autogenous grafts are often preferable because they use your own tissues.
Allografts and xenografts
Allografts and xenografts also use biologically genuine bone tissue, but from a thoroughly screened donor source.
The choice of autogenous graft, allograft, or xenograft, depends on your specific needs and preferences.
If the bone loss is taking place along the ridge of your gum line, your dentist lifts the gum over the deteriorated bone and places a grafting material underneath. The grafting material helps to promote bone growth below the gum line and restore your smile.
A bone grafting procedure at Lone Star Dental Care normally lasts between 45-90 minutes
How long does it take to recover from bone grafting?
Bone grafting procedures are quite invasive and might require an extended period of recovery before your dentist can fully resolve the primary issue.
The first two weeks after your bone grafting procedure are typically quite restrictive. Your dentist at Lone Star Dental Care provides you with specific instructions concerning what and how to eat and drink to avoid problems with your bone graft.
After your initial recovery period, it takes between three and six months for the graft to become a solid bone mass.
To find out more about bone grafting, call Lone Star Dental Care today or book an appointment online.