Dental Bone Grafting
Dental bone grafting is a procedure that replaces damaged or missing bone in your mouth. Dental bone grafting can help prevent further damage to your teeth and jawbone by strengthening their foundation, but it’s also used to treat dental conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth loss.
What is dental bone grafting?
Dental bone grafting is a procedure used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed because of an infection or trauma. The most common reason for needing dental bone grafting is after having a root canal treatment, as this can leave the tooth weakened and prone to teeth grinding resulting in further loss of structure. Dental bone grafting can help prevent further damage to your teeth and jawbone by strengthening their foundation, but it’s also used to treat dental conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth loss.
What is the process of dental bone grafting?
The process of dental bone grafting is a three-step process:
Step One: Create Space for the Graft
The first step in dental bone grafting is to create space for the graft. This can be done by removing a portion of the jawbone, or by removing some of the gum tissue and replacing it with donated bone from your own body
Step Two: Prepare Your Graft
Next, you will need to prepare your grafted area so that it can properly heal with new tissue from your donor site. The dentist will use either an electric scaler or surgical instruments to carefully remove any remaining hard tissue from around your tooth socket and expose some healthy soft tissues. This process may cause some discomfort or bleeding, but these effects should subside quickly after treatment has ended.
What are the benefits of dental bone grafting?
Dental bone grafting is an effective and minimally invasive procedure that can save a tooth from extraction by allowing it to be rebuilt with natural bone. This alternative to tooth extraction can also help improve the alignment of teeth, move teeth around in the mouth, or even replace missing teeth.
When do you need a dental bone graft?
It’s often recommended for patients who have lost teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
If you’re considering having a dental graft done and don’t know if you need one yet, here are some situations where one might be appropriate:
- A dying tooth needs support while it’s still in place so that it doesn’t fall out prematurely
- There isn’t enough natural tissue left around an extracted root socket (the area where the roots of your teeth once grew) that would keep the space from shrinking too much when you bite down on food because there aren’t any nerves left either
What is the aftercare for dental bone grafting?
After your dental bone graft, you should keep the area clean and follow these tips:
- Avoid chewing on the treated area.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Avoid eating hard foods or food that could cause damage to the graft site and surrounding areas, such as nuts, popcorn, ice cubes (especially frozen), hard candy, or other hard objects.
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