Dental bone graft surgery is a surgical process done by oral surgeons. The procedure is necessary when there isn’t enough bone to complete a dental implant or other necessary procedure.
Knowing the type of surgical process you have to go through is important. As with all the surgical procedures it is also necessary to know how to avoid any infection after surgery.
When a person loses a tooth, over time the jaw-bone deteriorate, this is called resorption. This leaves the bone too narrow, not deep enough or not strong enough to manage a dental implant. This means that a bone needs to be taken from another part of the body and put in place to make the area strong enough to withstand an implant and keep it in place.
There are two types of bone grafts that take place in dental surgery, minor and major treatments. Both require the procedure being carried out by an oral surgeon who has experience with this type of complex treatment.
During the procedure oral surgeons either take part of one of your own bones or use a synthetic bone which is placed over the tooth socket. It’s then covered with gum tissue and left to heal.
This is a complicated procedure which is carried out under local anesthetic, which numbs the area, ensuring no discomfort as the procedure is performed. It’s a safe and successful procedure which is carried out by oral surgeons on a daily basis. Once the procedure is completed, the patient will require antibiotics, avoiding infection.
After you have had a dental bone graft surgery, you will need to keep clear of certain foods for a specific period of time. This is to reduce any strain placed on your new bone. The oral surgeon will discuss this with you in more detail in terms of what you are and are not allowed along with how long you are to refrain from eating these specific foods.
Over and above adding bone to a tooth socket, there are other forms of bone grafts which take place, depending on where you need an additional bone. One of these is called a sinus lift, which is often needed when a patient has missing back upper teeth.
When you choose dental implants, you will have an initial consultation where x-rays are taken; this will determine if any bone grafts are necessary to complete the procedure. This will then be discussed with you in detail, so you know exactly what to expect.