Bone grafting is performed alongside dental implant restoration. It is considered when there is not enough bone material to receive a dental implant. This occurs when the jawbone deteriorates from tooth loss. If needed, bone grafting material is placed in the socket and covered with a resorbable membrane, which later dissolves. The socket is then sutured and the healing process begins. Enough bone density is essential for dental implants. It provides a sturdy foundation for a more successful dental restoration procedure.
What is bone grafting material made of?
Bone graft material is usually Hydroxyapatite. This material is best accepted by bone so it has become the most popular material to use in dentistry.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is not painful due to local anesthetics. Swelling and mild discomfort may occur. Use cold packs and over-the-counter pain medication for relief. These side effects usually fade within a couple of days. Use prescribed mouthwash as directed and return to regular dental care within 24 hours. Avoid brushing near the area and rinsing harsh.
Do I need bone grafting?
Bone grafting is considered for dental implants if there is not enough jawbone to receive the implant. Not enough bone results in dental implant failure. So, to maximize your best results, bone grafting could be considered. Ultimately, a dental X-ray will confirm if the jawbone is thick enough. For less invasive teeth replacement options, you may want to consider dentures and dental bridges. Sometimes patients may opt out of dental implants due to health related concerns and will choose alternative options for teeth replacement. Be sure to inform us of your medical history. This information will help us recommend procedures to correct your smile. Speak to us today! Call our dental office at (617) 328-5060 or book an appointment online.