Rockwall Oral Surgery

What is Bone Grafting?

Well, what is bone grafting? 

Bone grafting is a surgical treatment used to repair or replace bone loss after a fracture. A tiny amount of excellent bone would be extracted and transplanted to an area with weak bone. This procedure encourages your body to generate more bone in the area and rebuild it to where an implant can be placed.

Why would I ever need something like this? 

Over time a tooth may dissolve if it is lost or extracted from the alveolar bones that support your roots, gums, and teeth. The lack of tooth causes facial features to move and sag, leading to oral soreness, inability to enunciate clearly, and insufficient chewing of meals. Fortunately, bone grafts can be used to rebuild missing bones! In addition to improving your appearance by restoring strength to your jaw bone, it may allow for a dental implant to be placed.

Are all bone grafts the same?

No! There are three types of bone grafts available.

Autogenous bone graft: An autogenous bone graft is one in which bone is taken from another part of your body and transplanted to the area where it is needed. If you only need a small amount of bone, you can remove it from another part of your mouth. If you don’t have enough excellent bone in your mouth or require a large amount, it may be taken from a hip or shin. 

Allograft: Synthetic bone can be created in a lab or extracted from a cadaver’s bone in an allograft procedure. Though your greatest bet is always your bone material, this proven method may be a good alternative.

Xenograft: Believe it or not, cow bone is used as a xenograft! There is no requirement for a secondary donor location in this case; therefore, it could be a good alternative if one is hesitant to have bone extracted from another part of your body. 

How does bone grafting work?

The treatment is carried out by placing your implant on a piece of bone. Depending on the type of dental implant you choose and the state of your jawbone, the healing process can take several months. Once the jawbone has healed, titanium screw-like posts serve as the new implant’s roots, allowing the tooth to operate normally. Making molds of your teeth and jawbone is the final step in dental bone grafting, after which your realistic-looking prosthetic tooth will be placed!

What follows the procedure?

Some possible side effects of the procedure may include infection at the site, damage to the surrounding teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage, or sinus problems. Swelling of the gums, brushing on the skin, and slight bleeding are all common post-procedure side effects. Any discomfort experienced following the surgery should last only a few days and may be treated with anti-inflammatory medicine.

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 email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.