If you have seen an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, like Dr. Peak, to learn about your restoration options following tooth loss, you may have discussed dental implants and bone grafting as part of your treatment plan. These two procedures often go together. However, not many patients are familiar with bone graft surgery. We’ll highlight what you need to know about bone grafting.
1. You might need bone grafting before dental implant surgery.
A dental implant is popular for replacing a missing tooth because it is a permanent and aesthetically pleasing option. However, for a dental implant procedure to be successful, the implant post must successfully fuse with your jaw bone.
Many times after tooth loss, the jaw bone loses bone density. This may make it unsuitable for a dental implant. Fortunately, bone graft surgery helps create a stable foundation for an implant. Dr. Peak will inform you if you are a good candidate for bone graft surgery before receiving a dental implant.
2. A bone graft supports the growth of a healthier jaw bone.
Your bone graft will add density and volume to your jaw to address any areas where there is bone loss. First, your dental specialist will place bone graft material into the affected area. Then, for several months, your body will grow new bone tissue, so your jawbone is built back up and strengthened.
3. There are several types of bone grafting procedures.
If Dr. Peak recommends a ridge augmentation, he will reshape the bone of your jaw so that you have more natural contours in your jaw and the surrounding gums.
A sinus augmentation, or sinus lift, is common if you have lost a tooth in your upper jaw. Repositioning and reinforcing the floor of the sinus cavity creates enough space for a dental implant post.
4. Your bone graft will need ample time to heal following your procedure.
For a few days following your bone graft surgery, you may experience some pain and swelling. However, even after these symptoms go away, your bone graft will need several months to heal fully. Your dental specialist will monitor your healing to determine when you are ready for dental implant surgery.
If you are thinking about a dental implant as an option for replacing a missing tooth, Dr. Peak can answer your questions. He’ll also evaluate your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for bone grafting before your implant surgery. Learn more about implants and bone grafting with Robert B. Peak, DDS.