What are the Dos and Don’ts of Bone Grafting?

Dental implants make a perfect solution for missing teeth with up to a 95% success rate. However, you need to have a healthy oral system and enough bone for dental implants to be successful. In cases where you do not have adequate bone to support the implants, Monterey bone grafting specialists can help add more bone to make you suitable for dental implants. Usually, your provider will examine your oral health to ensure you are fit for the procedure. Keep reading to find out what bone grafting is all about.

What is bone grafting?

It is a procedure to add more bone to your jaw where there has been damage. Other than volume, bone grafting also enhances the quality of the bone. At Perio & Implant Center Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, Dr. Pechak uses a bone from a donor bank to restore your jawbone.

The donated bone fuses with your jawbone to form a strong foundation and solid support for the implant.

Who qualifies for a bone grafting procedure?

One of the disadvantages of losing teeth is that it encourages resorption, where your muscles and tissues reabsorb the jawbone, eating it away. Other factors such as gum disease, defects from birth, and facial trauma may also result in bone loss. When you want to replace the lost teeth, you might want first to replace the lost bone amount.

Bone grafting is an effective procedure to enable a jawbone to provide enough support for the implant. During the consultation, your provider evaluates your oral health to identify whether you need bone grafting before replacing your teeth with dental implants. However, bone grafting is only necessary for dental implants and not other dental restorations.

What to expect during bone grafting?

Your provider administers local anesthesia to enhance comfort during the procedure. Dr. Pechak takes the donor’s bone, mixes it with your blood, and then gently grafts it to your jawbone.

After the grafting procedure, your provider sends you home for recovery. Usually, you get your dental implants after recovery, which may take 4- 5 months. The bone graft merges with your jawbone to form a stable foundation for dental implants during recovery.

What happens when recovering from bone grafting?

It’s normal to experience swelling, minor bleeding, or bruising after the surgical procedure. Your Perio & Implant Center provider adds platelet-rich fibrin to every graft to promote the healing process.

Platelet-rich fibrin is an advanced form of platelet-rich plasma, which has healing properties. Hence, it enhances tissue growth and faster wound recovery.

It is advisable to take soft or liquid foods only during the first few days of your recovery. It is also best if you follow the given instructions to faster and improved recovery.

 If you are uncertain of dental implants due to the lost bone, the bone grafting specialist at Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley can help you. The bone grafting procedure helps add more bone to your jawbone to enhance a secure foundation for dental implants. The procedure happens before dental implants, and you must achieve full recovery before proceeding to dental implants treatment. Suppose you wish to have dental implants and you have insufficient bone, make a consultation with Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley today to learn how you can benefit from bone grafting.