Dental bone grafting surgery is necessary for patients who want a dental implant placed and for patients who have lost jawbone mass because of a missing tooth, periodontal disease, or dental trauma. When tooth roots are connected to the jawbone, your jawbone health is secure. If a tooth is missing, dental implants can replace the tooth root and support healthy bone regeneration. Some patients may require a bone graft to gain candidacy for dental implants.
Bone loss in your facial features can cause your face to sag and make you look much older than you actually are. Dr. Luminita Markham can build up and strengthen your jawbone so you can receive one or more dental implants. Contact our Auburn, CA dental office today at 530-507-8989 to schedule an appointment with our experienced team.
Dental bone grafting process
Dental bone grafting is a minor dental surgery that typically only requires local anesthesia. However, Dr. Markham also offers oral conscious sedation for patients with higher levels of dental-related stress and anxiety. During the procedure, Dr. Markham will make a small incision in the gums to access your bone. Grafting material or donor bone is then transferred to the deficient area.
You may experience mild pain or discomfort after the surgery that can be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Markham will provide you with specific after-care instructions and information, such as what to eat, how to care for the incision site, and what side-effects you may experience.
Throughout the healing process, your transplanted bone will fuse with your natural surrounding jawbone tissue, which will strengthen your jaw and facial structures.
Reasons for dental bone graft surgery
A variety of dental issues can be resolved by dental bone grafting surgery. These problems include:
- Tooth extractions: If donor bone or synthetic grafting material isn’t deposited into a tooth socket after tooth removal, the surrounding bone will begin deteriorating. By placing a bone graft, the jawbone is strengthened, and you can retain candidacy for dental implants.
- Saving teeth: Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss. Severe periodontal disease often leads to tooth loss. To inhibit tooth loss from occurring, dental bone graft surgery can be performed to regenerate the bone and save your natural teeth.
- Dental implants: For a successful implant the titanium post must be inserted into high density, healthy bone. Once a bone graft is inserted and has healed, a titanium post can be implanted into the jawbone that permanently replaces your missing tooth.
Bone grafting can add months to your overall dental implant treatment timeline. However, restorative treatment is one of the most effective ways to replace a missing tooth and prevent further jawbone deterioration.
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If you have missing, loose, or diseased teeth and want to avoid a sagging face, dental bone grafting may be just what you’ve been looking for. Dr. Markham and our Auburn, CA dental team are prepared to help you restore your smile and support your facial structures with dental bone grafting surgery.