Your Dental Guide to Bone Grafting

Bone grafting sounds like a scary procedure, doesn’t it? Many patients think the same way, but it is not as bad as you may think that it is. This procedure is a type of surgery that involves adding bone to the jaw when it is lost. Patients who need this procedure will generally have a lack of bone in their lower jaw. Typically, this procedure is used to treat conditions where there is either no bone left or when the bone has diminished and needs to be replaced. Dental implants often require this treatment FIRST, especially if the patient does not have bone there to begin with.

Bone used in these grafting procedures typically comes from a donor patient, the patient’s body, is manmade, or from an animal. Once the bone has been accepted by the patient’s body, regrowth will begin on its own and bone will regenerate where it is needed.

When you come into our La Habra office, Dr. Cho may inform you that you need to have this procedure performed. This is because bone disappears for a few different reasons to include gum disease, tooth loss, and trauma. Many patients have lost bone and do not even know about it.

While the procedure itself does sound very scary and may cause you to become anxious, there is no reason to panic as it is quick, painless, and very predictable.

Why Bone Grafting is Needed

As mentioned above, a patient needs to have this procedure performed when there is not enough bone in the lower jaw due to trauma or periodontal disease. Gum disease is one of the most common reasons for bone loss and will almost always require that this procedure is performed. Gum disease is often undetected until a patient goes in for a dental checkup. In fact, many patients live with gum disease and do not even realize it is a problem.

If gum disease is not treated in a timely manner and it is allowed to persist, you will lose some of the bone in your jaw and you may notice that your teeth begin to move around and become misshapen. This is not a good thing and the only way to prevent bone loss is to make sure that you have the proper tooth replacement options available to you.

Patients who want dental implants will often need to have bone grafting performed to add additional bone to areas where they may have lost it due to bone loss.

Bone Grafting and Its Benefits

The bone grafting procedure is considered to be routine and is not painless. You do not have to be worried about it and the procedure is very beneficial for many reasons. The first main benefit is that you can restore and preserve your smile.

Once the procedure has been completed, you will be able to seek out different dental treatments to correct your smile and boost your confidence overall.

Are There Any Risks Associated with a Bone Graft?

There are some risks associated with this procedure. These risks are minimal and Dr. Cho will discuss them with you and go over them in depth with you. One of the first main risks is that the body will reject the bone and you will not benefit from the procedure. This is unlikely to happen, but it can and it is important to know that it may.

It is also possible that you may find that your gums start to recede from your gums and this may lead to more sensitivity than you are used to. It is easy to manage the sensitivity, but you may notice that you cannot eat super-hot or super-cold foods.

There is always a risk for bleeding, infection, and swelling after the surgery is completed, but if you notice an abnormal amount of blood, then you need to call Dr. Cho immediately.

How is the Bone Grafting Procedure Performed?

The procedure is actually quite easy and you may be surprised at how quick it actually is. The goal of this surgery is to help your body jumpstart bone regrowth in your lower jaw. Once the artificial or real bone is added into your jaw, your body will recognize it and start to grow additional bone.

The procedure will start with Dr. Cho separating your gums and teeth. This will be done by pulling the gums from the teeth using a special tool. Once the gums have been removed, Dr. Cho will then be able to see and access your jawbone and roots.

If your roots need to be cleaned, they will be at this time. Any holes that are present in the bone will be filled with bone at this point. Once Dr. Cho has injected the bone into your jaw, a protective lining will be placed over the area and your gums will be reattached.

Dr. Cho will explain how to care for your gums and teeth and you will begin the healing process, which can take up to a total of six months or more. You will come back into our office a few times to check and see how your body is responding to the bone and if new bone has started to generate.

If the procedure goes well and bone is regenerated, then you can go on to receive the procedures you initially wanted to have done such as dental implants.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Cho Today

If you would like to learn more about the bone grafting procedure or whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, now is the time to call our La Habra office. We can schedule you in for a FREE consultation with Dr. Cho, who will go over the procedure in depth with you and determine if you are a suitable candidate.

If you want to have beautiful implants that last a lifetime, bone grafting may be the procedure you need to have done. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Cho by calling our office today.

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