Bone grafting is one of the best methods with which you can restore the lost bone structure from your jawbone, which may be necessary if you’re getting dental implants. At Yorktown Dental Spa, we examine your dental framework to determine if you have enough bone structure for dental implants. Based on that, we offer our bone grafting recommendation. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of bone grafting at Yorktown Dental Spa.
Bone Graft for Dental Implant
Before we discuss the importance of bone grafting, it’s important to discuss dental implants. This is necessary because bone grafts are almost exclusively done for dental implants so the two are inextricably interlinked.
Dental implants are the most effective replacement for your tooth’s root. If you’ve suffered tooth loss, then a dental implant is the best means of not just replacing the lost tooth but also its root. During the procedure, the dentist screws titanium or metallic framework into the jawbone of missing tooth. Over six months, your bone structure naturally heals around the titanium screw, thus rooting it firmly in place. The metallic post becomes a part of your body.
Once your jawbone has healed around the metallic post, the dentist can place a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture over the metallic post. The crown, bridge, or denture serves as the visible replacement for the lost tooth’s crown. However, they’re anchored in place by the dental implants, which makes them both look and function like actual teeth. That’s why dental implants are highly desirable as the best replacement for missing teeth.
However, you can only get dental implants if you have sufficient bone structure — and that’s where bone grafting comes in.
The moment you suffer the loss of teeth, you also start losing bone structure under the socket of the lost tooth. Since there’s no impetus for bone growth, you suffer bone loss. You may lose up to 25% of your jawbone structure within the first year of tooth loss. As such, if you’ve spent several years after tooth extraction, you may not have enough bone structure to get dental implants.
Bone grafting is a procedure with which the dentist can either preserve bone structure or facilitate bone regeneration so you can get dental implants. The bone grafting material may be derived from another person, another part of your body, an animal, or a synthetic material. The dentist makes an incision in the gum tissues of your empty socket and plants the grafting material before suturing it up. They may also use collagen for healing.
Over time, your natural bone structure will start growing again and even absorb the grafting material into the body. Within a few months, you’ll have enough bone structure to get dental implants. The procedure may cause some pain and discomfort but that can be managed with non-steroidal medicines like ibuprofen.
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Bone Grafting Q&A
How is bone grafting performed?
How bone grafting is performed depends on when and where it’s performed.
- Bone Grafting during Tooth Extraction: Sometimes, people opt for bone grafting during tooth extraction to preserve the bone structure and prevent it from disintegrating. In this case, the grafting material is placed within the site of extraction before suturing up the gums.
- Bone Grafting after Tooth Extraction: Bone grafting may be performed after dental extraction if you’ve already suffered bone loss and the graft is supposed to aid in bone regeneration. In this case, the dentist creates an incision on the gums of the empty socket and plants the grafting material before suturing the wound.
- Bone Grafting at the Back of the Upper Jaw: The dentist uses the dental implant site or the cheeks to enter the sinus cavity and use it as the bone grafting site.
What is bone grafting after a tooth extraction?
Bone grafting after a tooth extraction is pretty self-explanatory. After the tooth is removed, you start suffering bone loss in the region of the empty socket due to a lack of stimulus. That’s why bone grafting is performed at the site of the tooth extraction to help facilitate bone regeneration.
What treatments available for dental bone loss?
If you’ve suffered dental bone loss, then the best treatment available is bone grafting because it will facilitate natural bone regeneration.
Is it possible to regenerate lost bone in the human jaw?
It is entirely possible to regenerate lost bone in the human jaw through a bone grafting procedure. The dentist implants a bone graft from synthetic sources, animal parts, another individual, or another part of your body along the jawbone of the empty socket to regenerate lost bone.
Will gum grafts help restore my shrinking jaw from bone loss?
Gum grafts can be used to restore a receding gum line or soft tissues but they can’t help with bone regeneration. If you’re suffering from bone loss, you’ll need bone grafts.
Schedule your Bone Grafting Appointment
At Yorktown Dental Spa, we provide bone grafting options either during tooth extraction or after tooth extraction. We examine your dental framework and discuss all of your bone grafting options to aid in bone regeneration as soon as possible. For more information, please schedule your bone grafting appointment.