What is Bone Regeneration?
Bone regeneration is a surgical procedure in which bone grafts taken from other parts of the body are added to the existing jawbone in order to stimulate the growth of new bone.
How do you prepare for Bone Regeneration?
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 regeneration in order to avoid damage or complications. Depending on the type of anesthesia being used, you may be asked to fast for up to 12 hours prior to surgery. You should also have someone accompany you to the appointment to give you a ride home afterwards.
Why is Bone Regeneration performed?
. It may also be necessary to prepare for a dental implant in cases where the patient does not have sufficient bone mass to properly support the implant.
What can you expect during Bone Regeneration?
After the area being operated on has been thoroughly sterilized, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum to get at the bone. The bone graft is then shaped to fit in place and secured between existing sections of bone in order to encourage new bone growth. The incision is then stitched up to allow it to heal. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
What is the followup and recovery like for Bone Regeneration?
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. 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 regeneration to take place.
What are the potential risks for Bone Regeneration?
Bone regeneration surgery 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 Regeneration?
Bone regeneration surgery is often performed to enhance the jawbone in order to allow it to support dental implants.