In dentistry, grafting refers to the placement of artificial material into the mouth that replaces missing bone or tissue. This is a very common procedure in dentistry because missing teeth can cause the structure of the jaw to change and atrophy over time. If the jawbone shrinks too much, you may require bone grafting to allow replacement teeth to stay in place properly.
Sometimes, when a tooth is extracted or removed, the bone that surrounds it can start to resorb or deteriorate over time. This can cause many complications in the future, such as shifting teeth, loss of bone mass in the jaw, and gum recession. To prevent these problems from occurring, your dentist may recommend a bone graft procedure to replace the missing bone with tissue from elsewhere in the body. Your dentist may also recommend dental implants to complete a full tooth restoration.
The bone grafting procedure begins with the extraction of the damaged tooth or teeth, including the surrounding bone, if necessary. A bone graft is then inserted into the empty socket. This acts as a scaffold for new bone growth and allows time for the jawbone to heal and grow around and attach to the graft. If necessary, the gum tissue will also heal over the bone graft material and blend in with the surrounding tissue. Over the course of several months, the bone will regrow, and the graft will be completely integrated into the jaw. Once the graft has healed and integrated fully into the jaw, the new implant can be secured in place and the final restoration placed.
After the procedure, the dental implant post is uncovered, and the dentist places an abutment on the implant. The dentist will wait a few months for the implant to heal properly before placing a crown over the abutment. Once healed, it is as strong as your natural teeth. However, you still must take good care of it with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings.
If you experience swelling around your gums, apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce any inflammation. You should not feel much pain or sensitivity after the local anesthetic wears off; however, you should still avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until the crown is placed. Talk to your dentist about any symptoms you have and what you should do if they persist longer than a few days.
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