Why Bone Grafts Are Important for Implants
Having a procedure done properly is the most important part. Bone grafts are recommended to those patients who have bone that is too soft or too thin to keep an implant in place. At Rockwall Oral Surgery we want to find the best solution that will work for you and your jawbone. Bone grafting is a great way to foster bone growth and a strong foundation for your dental implants. We want to do what is best for you and your health, let us guide you through the process and help you bring back that smile we all know you have been hiding!
Together We Can Achieve a Smile
When you decide bone grafts are a good fit for your dental health. You have four options:
- Another Human Being
- An Animal (usually a cow)
- Synthetic Materials
Depending on your circumstances, here at Rockwall Oral Surgery we will decide what type is best for your procedure together. Bone grafting is a term that surrounds several different procedures. The approach we decide to take will depend on the location in your mouth, the amount of bone loss, and the length of time it has been since you have lost your tooth. If the tooth was recently lost, we may pack the socket with graft material to preserve the bone and structure. If the tooth was lost years ago, we might need to perform a larger graft.
A bone graft procedure will go something like this:
- Step one—We will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate pain.
- Step two—The dentist will make a small incision into the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone.
- Step three—The dentist will place the graft material onto the affected area.
- Step four—The dentist will suture the incision.
Following your procedure, you may experience some minor swelling, bleeding, and soreness for a few days. The pain can usually be managed with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. We may also prescribe you an antibiotic to reduce the chances of infection. We want to avoid all risks of you being in pain or infection because that can lead to a longer healing process and cause more risks to your health.
Follow Up with Your Dental Implants Procedure
After your procedure you will have to wait several months while we wait for new bone growth. Ideally, by the end of this process the graft material will be absorbed into the new bone. Once the new bone is fully developed, we can continue with your dental implants process. It will take time to heal, and having a dental implants procedure is a process, however, once it is over you will be so glad you did it. Acting on your oral health is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You should look and feel better and over time you will realize just how important it is to take care of your teeth.
Improve Your Jaw with Rockwall Oral Surgery
You will find out how much your life can change once you decide to get dental implants. It might take a few steps to get to the finish line, but it will be worth it! Reach out to Rockwall Oral Surgery today at (469)757-4433 to set up a consultation. We are here to help and want to help you feel comfortable throughout your entire procedure.