What to expect from bone grafting
When you lose a tooth due to trauma or tooth extraction, the bone that once supported that tooth starts to deteriorate. This is because the stimulation from the tooth root is no longer present. In addition, some patients with periodontal disease may also experience bone deterioration, which causes the natural teeth to become loose and lost. Over time, this bone loss will lead to serious problems, including a change in the shape of your face and difficulty chewing. Dental bone grafting can help to prevent these problems by restoring the lost bone. Many patients will have bone grafting done to repair the jawbone, prepare the bone for the placement of dental implants, or to restore the bone for improved facial structure.
What are the steps involved in bone grafting?
The first step in dental bone grafting surgery is to prepare the area where the new bone will be placed. This involves making a small incision along the gum tissue and removing any diseased or damaged bone. Once this is done a layer of bone graft material is placed over the area. This material can come from your own body, or it may be artificial.
The next step is to wait for the bone to start growing. This can take several months. Once the bone has grown an implant can be placed into the area. The implant will support a new dental crown, dental bridge, or even a full denture if patients are looking to replace missing teeth with implant-retained dentures.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about bone grafting
Dental bone grafting is a relatively simple procedure that can profoundly impact your oral health. It can help prevent further bone loss and restore your ability to chew properly. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to the Erik G. Grothouse, DDS, team about whether this procedure is right for you. The practice is in Indianapolis, IN, at 7962 Oaklandon Road, Suite #105, and is open to new patients who call (317) 823-1780 for an appointment.