About Bone Grafting
Oral trauma, illnesses, and poor hygienic practices can lead to more than missing teeth or bad-smelling breath. Over time, these issues can lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone. While this might go unnoticed for some, those who wish to replace their missing teeth with dental implants must first undergo a bone graft.
What Is a Bone Graft?
Bone grafting is a treatment that recreates the natural volume and contours of the bone supporting our teeth. There are three major indications for the build-up of bone (bone grafting):
For aesthetics, to improve contours around teeth and/or maintain the shape of a young, healthy face.
To prevent excessive bone loss after an extraction (ridge preservation),
To replace lost bone (bone reconstruction).
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
We speak with many patients who are unaware of just how necessary a bone graft is to their oral health. The reason periodontists and other health professionals might recommend a bone graft vary. It is generally understood that an individual stands the best chance of maintaining oral health if their jaw bone remains in its original form. In short, restoring bone mass to the jaw helps patients avoid unwelcome diseases and oral issues.
What Causes Bone Loss?
Most often, bone loss stems from tooth loss. When an individual loses a tooth, the bones intended to keep teeth in place may gradually wear away. Thankfully, through the advent of innovative safe surgical procedures, professionals like Dr. Caudry can restore the jaw bone. Even with the best dental care, trauma, decay, failed root canals, and advanced periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. The loss of bone and gum tissue following tooth removal often results in an inadequate foundation for oral reconstruction. This unsightly appearance can make you look older, but more importantly will limit your future options of tooth replacement.
Today, there are effective techniques that can prevent or greatly reduce the bone and soft tissue loss that normally occurs with tooth loss. Bone grafting is a simple procedure. It involves placing grafting material directly into the site following tooth removal. The Allograft – a safe, biocompatible material – aids the body in preserving existing bone and in making new bone.
Benefits of a Bone Graft
For those who are uneasy about sitting in the dentist’s chair, it can be hard to see the benefit of a bone graft. Rest assured, there are numerous long-term and short-term benefits to this restorative surgical procedure. At the facilities of Dr. Caudry, you’ll reap these benefits and more.
Restoring Bone, Restoring Confidence
For some of our patients, the loss of jaw bone has altered their appearance. For others, simply the loss of teeth has made them insecure and unwilling to share their smile with the world. A bone graft can restore your jaw bone to its former glory, while also setting the stage for future dental work. After your bone graft has healed, we can proceed with planning your dental implant surgical procedure. With the help of computer-guided dentistry—a specialty of Dr. Caudry and her team—your dental implant surgery will go as smoothly as possible.
Stop Atrophy in its Tracks
Bone atrophy usually occurs within the first three years after tooth extraction. Not only will jaw bone deteriorate, but you might also see a change in how you chew your food or speak. What’s more, the remaining teeth in your mouth will likely shift. With a bone graft, you can stop these issues in their tracks.
Bone Graft Procedure: What to Expect
Treatment takes approximately one hour. It involves the removal of the tooth, careful debridement and the reconstruction of bone using Allografts (from donor bone material). Allografts are the most advanced biocompatible materials. Other materials are available and can be discussed during your treatment plan. The great advantage of including bone grafting with an extraction is that there is nearly no risk of dry socket or infection because the extraction socket is covered.
After the procedure, your body should begin the natural process of healing and forming new bone. Although new bone will begin to form within the first few weeks after grafting, several months will be required to form the bone density necessary for additional dental procedures such as the placement of dental implants.
A High Success Rate
Many of our patients are curious about the success rate of bone grafts. In today’s world—and in our facilities—bone grafting is little more than a routine procedure with a high rate of success. After we complete the bone grafting procedure, we will teach you how to properly care for the surgical site at home. In as little time as several weeks, new bone will begin to form. After several months, you will have achieved optimal bone density. With your newly restored jaw bone, you will be ready for dental implants or whatever the future has in store.
Our front office team will assist with scheduling your appointments, and processing dental insurance claims. We will answer all your question and concerns before any treatment begins. We strive to ensure our patients receive the most conservative treatment plan that will lead to the best treatment outcome. You do not need a referral to have a consultation.