Bone Grafting

What is Bone Grafting?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure which is performed to enhance the jawbone. It is done by fusing additional bone to the existing jawbone. In most cases, bone is taken from another part of the body, but synthetic bone is also used in some cases.

How do you prepare for Bone Grafting?

As with other dental surgeries, you should inform your oral surgeon in advance if you have any allergies or are taking any medications. Pre-existing dental work, such as bridgework or implants, may need to be adjusted prior to bone graft surgery in order to avoid damage or complications. Depending on the type of anesthesia being used, you may be asked to fast for up to 8 hours prior to surgery. You should also have someone accompany you to the appointment to give you a ride home afterwards.

Why is Bone Grafting performed?

When the tooth is lost, the bone surrounding the implant shrinks in all directions. This makes it difficult to place an implant in the future. The bone graft allows for an implant to have a sound structure to

What can you expect during Bone Grafting?

You will receive either sedation prior to receiving the bone graft. After the area being operated on has been anesthetized, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum to get at the bone. The graft is then shaped to fit in place and then secured between existing sections of bone in order to encourage new bone growth. The incision is then stitched up to allow it to heal.

What is the followup and recovery like for Bone Grafting?

It’s not uncommon to have some facial swelling after surgery, but this should subside within a week or so. You may be prescribed antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication to avoid infection and alleviate pain and discomfort. Applying ice to the affected area may also help with reducing swelling. As you recover from surgery, you should avoid hot liquids and crunchy foods. You must stay on a liquid diet for the first few days and then a soft diet for 2 weeks after. Pain and discomfort will gradually abate in the weeks following the procedure, but it may take a few months for the desired amount of bone growth to take place.

What are the potential risks for Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is relatively low-risk, but complications are possible with any surgery. These include infection, blood clots, and nerve damage. It is also possible that your body may reject the grafted bone tissue. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience abnormal bleeding or a fever in the wake of your surgery.

Are there related treatments to Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is often performed to enhance the jawbone in preparation for dental implants.

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