For patients who lack adequate bone tissue in a segment of the jaw, bone grafting can help to restore a more complete facial appearance or smile. Whether the absence of bone is a congenital issue or a result of tooth loss, this procedure can help patients access treatments such as dental implant placement or some cosmetic interventions.
When performing a bone graft, an oral surgeon will take bone from a donor source and place it at the site in need of bone tissue augmentation. This donor bone tissue may come from elsewhere in the patient’s body (such as the hip or chin), from animal or cadaver sources, or from bone material that is generated in a lab.
In the case of dental implants, this procedure is tremendously valuable for ensuring successful outcomes in the long-term. Most of the attractive characteristics of dental implants – durability, structural completeness, improved functionality – are a result of the process of the surrounding bone osseointegrating (forming a bond with) the titanium implant. If there is not enough bone in the area, osseointegration may not be completed, which will likely lead to dental implant failure.
If you are seeking treatment for tooth loss or bone loss that has created a structural defect in your jaw or cheekbones, the oral surgeon will evaluate your case to determine whether bone grafting is indicated. While the additional procedure does extend the treatment timeline for dental implants, the investment of time is worthwhile to improve your chances of achieving the desired treatment results.
As with any type of surgical procedure, you will need to prepare for bone grafting. Your surgeon may ask you to take some action before the appointment, such as fasting for a specified period of time. You will also receive detailed post-operative instructions. Please follow these closely to reduce your risk of complications following your bone graft.
Don’t let the lack of adequate bone tissue stand between you and the dental treatments that will help to restore a complete, balanced smile. Schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about bone grafting and how it may benefit you.