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Everything You Need to Know About Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure oral surgeons use to repair and rebuild bones. They transplant healthy bone tissue from one part of the body to another, helping them to recreate the missing bone and supporting tissue.
Everything you need to know about bone grafting
Bone grafting is a procedure that is commonly used in dentistry. This is especially true when it comes to dental implants. It helps people who do not have enough bone density in the jaw undergo the procedure.
If a dentist determines that a patient’s jawbone is too soft or is not thick enough to hold dental implants in place, they will likely recommend a bone graft before the dental implant surgery. The chewing action in the mouth exerts a lot of pressure on the bone. If it is not strong enough to support the dental implant, then the implant will fail.
What are the different types of bone grafting procedures?
There are various types of bone grafting procedures used by dentists, most of which take four to six months to heal. Some of the bone grafting procedures include:
- Socket graft: This bone grafting procedure is designed to prevent the atrophy of the alveolar bone before it can occur
- Lateral ridge preservation graft: This type of bone grafting is used to increase the width of the jawbone so it can accommodate a dental implant
- The block bone graft: This graft is only used when the jawbone has large defects. The procedure is performed by harvesting a small part of the bone from the back of the jaw
- Sinus lift procedure: For this procedure, the use of equine bone is important because it provides two unique advantages. It does not dissolve as quickly as human bone and it is microscopically similar to human bone. Healing typically takes eight months to a year
Does the bone grafting procedure hurt?
No, there is little to no pain associated with bone grafting because the patient will be under sedation during the procedure. After the procedure, there will be some swelling but the pain associated with it is minimal.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure, the patient will be given antibiotics to prevent infection. If the patient complains about pain, their dentist will provide pain medication as well. However, most patients who undergo bone grafting are fine as long as they take antibiotics.
Patients will have to eat soft foods for the first few days after the bone graft before they can return to their regular diet.
If the patient has to undergo dental implant surgery, they will have to wait until the bone graft is fused with the bones that are already in the mouth. This usually takes a few months. Dentists will tell their patients to come in for regular checkups so they can monitor the healing of the bone graft.
Bone grafting is used to rebuild or repair bones by transplanting healthy bone tissue from one part of the body to another. If you want to get dental implants but do not have enough bone density to support the implants, your dentist may recommend getting a bone graft so you can undergo the procedure.
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