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What Is Bone Grafting And Why You Might Need It

Have you ever heard of bone grafting? If not, you’re not alone. Many people have never heard of this dental procedure – but it’s actually quite common. In fact, bone grafting is one of the most common dental procedures performed today.. 

If you’re considering bone grafting, then it’s important to learn as much as you can about the procedure. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what bone grafting is and why you might need it. We’ll also dispel some of the myths surrounding this popular dental procedure.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is used to repair bones that are not able to heal properly on their own. The bone graft can be taken from another area of your body or it can be artificial. The bone graft is then placed into the area where the bone is not healing properly. 

This surgical procedure is usually done by an orthopedic surgeon or a plastic surgeon. It is important to make sure that the surgeon you choose is someone who is experienced in this type of surgery. 

You might need bone grafting if you have suffered from a fracture that has not healed properly. It is also sometimes used to help improve the success rate of dental implants. 

Signs You May Need Bone Grafting

Are you considering dental implants but have been told you may need bone grafting first? Bone grafting is a common procedure that is performed to improve the chances of successful implant surgery. Here are a few signs that you may need bone grafting:

-You have lost a significant amount of bone in your jaw

-Your jawbone is too soft to support an implant

-You have an infection in your jawbone

-Your jawbone is not wide enough to support an implant

If you are considering dental implants, be sure to talk to your dentist about whether or not you will need bone grafting.

What Happens After the Procedure

After the procedure, you may experience a bit of discomfort after the bone grafting surgery. The face may swell and there may be some bleeding, along with sinus pressure. This is entirely normal during the first few days or weeks after the procedure. 

The dentist may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help with the pain.

Applying ice to the area can help reduce the pain, stop the bleeding and keep the swelling down. To ensure success, you should drink plenty of fluids and refrain from smoking. Also, make sure to avoid any salty, spicy, or acidic foods or fruits as these can irritate the wound. Finally, like any surgical recovery period, avoid any strenuous activity. 

Dental Surgery with Dr. Pollock

Ready to overcome dental pain or achieve one’s dental goals? Our team is eager to assist our patients with personalized dental options and treatments. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental appointment. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or by email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.