You may not wish for dental bone graft surgery, but when it’s recommended by your dentist or oral surgeon, it’s smart to take advantage of this modern advancement in oral health treatment.
Bone graft surgery can help restore your facial appearance, keep your natural teeth intact and provide a foundation for the dental restorations you want.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Dental bone graft surgery is a straightforward procedure designed to restore or prevent bone loss in your jaw. Your surgeon will make an incision in the gum over the surgical site and implant bone. The surgeon will use pieces of your own bone, synthetic material or sterilized, preserved bone from an animal or human. Your body will absorb the graft material and begin building new bone cells to further strengthen the area.
Here are the five main reasons for bone graft surgery:
You Lost a Tooth
When you lose a tooth as a result of an injury or have it extracted due to disease, your jawbone begins to resorb into the body, since it no longer has a tooth to support. A bone graft restores the jawbone so that you can receive a dental restoration if you wish.
Your Jawbone Receded
If your jawbone has already receded because of tooth loss, it can leave a physical mark. Your cheeks may appear sunken. Surgery can restore your jawbone and give you back your original facial structure.
You Want Dental Implants
If you are going to get dental implants, you need a solid jawbone to anchor them. A bone graft will provide the mass and density you need to help ensure your dental implants last.
You Are Getting Dentures
Even if you aren’t investing in implants, you still may need a bone graft if you’re getting fitted for dentures. A severely receded jawbone won’t hold dentures in place. A graft can restore the structure and help your dentures fit better and stay functional.
You Have Severe Gum Disease
Severe periodontal disease can eat away at the bone that forms your tooth socket, causing teeth to become loose. To keep your natural teeth, use grafting to regenerate your jawbone and support your teeth. Combined with a comprehensive gum disease treatment plan, this procedure can restore your oral health.
Talk to Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery if you suspect that you have a dental problem that may require bone graft surgery. Our staff will conduct a full examination and provide our professional medical opinion so you can make an educated decision about your oral health treatment.