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Bone grafting is often seen in tandem with dental restorations such as bridge work and implants. The success of a restoration procedure can depend on how much bone there was at the site for an implant, which could make it difficult if not impossible to support these parts without some extra help from another source or even just plain old chewing action by its owner.
There are several major factors that affect jaw bone volume:
What Does Bone Grafting Involve?
There are several types of bone grafts. Your dentist will determine the best type for your particular condition.
The bone grafting procedure can take several months to complete. Bone is typically harvested from your own body (or on rare occasions obtained from a “bone bank”) and added in order strengthen the affected site, which will fuse with existing bones over time as cells migrate throughout it like glue-like substances until there's no hint that anything was ever wrong at all.
During surgery, the dentist will numb your gums using local anesthetic. A small incision is made to prepare for new bone and it's anchored in place with some synthetic membranes if necessary.
The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be provided with comprehensive instructions for your post-operative care. The dentist will prescribe medications to help manage infection, discomfort and swelling in order to give the best results possible!
Reasons for bone grafts
Bone grafting is the preferred alternative to missing teeth, diseased ones or tooth deformation. This treatment can increase height of jaw bone and fill in voids created by injury or disease on it.
Bone grafting has been used for many years to help heal tooth damage. There are two basic ways in which this can positively impact your teeth:
The first step in order to bone grafting will be an examination of the affected area by a dentist. If periodontal disease or teeth nearby are compromised, they must also be addressed before proceeding with this procedure; otherwise you could risk losing more than just some healthy gums. A panoramic x-ray will help the dentist assess just how much bone is present. If there's not enough, they may recommend a CAT scan to determine what kind and depth of treatment is necessary for your teeth replacement needs - but don't worry! You can still get this done without anesthesia if desired too.