If you need to replace missing or damaged bone in the jaw, dental bone grafting may be necessary, especially if you have suffered from periodontal disease, injury, or tooth loss. This can lead to a loss of bone density and height, which can make it difficult to support dental implants or preserve your natural teeth.
During dental bone grafting, bone material is taken from another part of the body, a donor, or a synthetic material, and grafted onto the site where the bone is needed. The graft material is then secured with screws or pins and allowed to heal and integrate with the existing bone over several months. The type of graft material used depends on various factors, such as the patient’s preference and medical history.
After the procedure, the patient must take special care to avoid putting too much pressure on the graft site and follow a strict oral hygiene regimen to prevent infection. The patient may also be prescribed antibiotics or pain medication to manage any discomfort.
Dental bone grafting has a high success rate and is considered a safe and effective way to restore bone density and height in the jaw. If you maintain proper care and follow post-operative instructions, the graft can integrate with the existing bone and provide a stable foundation for dental implants or natural teeth.