Bone grafting - What to expect for your procedure

Poor oral health can cause more than just yellow teeth and bad breath. If oral concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay are not treated and reversed it can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and bone loss. Bone loss cannot be repaired, but if your jaw bone has deteriorated, you may be a candidate for bone grafting. Many dental procedures require a specific amount of bone, which is why Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Danny Domingue offer bone grafting procedures to their patients that don’t qualify for these procedures.

Bone Loss

Bone loss can be a major concern for those who have severe tooth decay and gum disease. Once the decay has spread past the pulp and root of your teeth it will begin to eat away at the bone as well. Periodontitis is when gum disease has progressed to the point that gums have started to recede and has started to deteriorate the bone underneath.  Other causes are facial trauma and not putting in a dental implant after the loss of a tooth.

Bone Grafts

The bone grafting process is recommended for those who do not have enough bone to hold in dental implants, need a sinus lift, or ridge modification. It works by using the bone from another location or from a donor to help build up the area with the bone loss. Once the grafts are in place, they should fuse together with the rest of the bone to create a stronger, denser bone.

Suring your bone graft appointment, your dentist will put you under anesthesia or numb the areas that will need the oral surgery. Then the surgeon will make an incision in the area the graft will be placed and the graft will be bonded to the remaining bone with pins or screws. The incision is then stitched closed and put into a splint to avoid damage to the healing bone.

It is normal to experience some discomfort after the surgery as your new bone heals so your dentist may prescribe you a pain medication to use as needed. Pain may also be accompanied by swelling and bruising of the jaw, cheek, and gums and some minor bleeding. You should only consume soft food for the first few days after the surgery to keep the incision site free from food debris and bacteria.

Improved Oral Health

Bone grafts can help you get your oral health back on track. If you are an Acadiana living in the Lafayette, LA area and have been denied dental implants or would like to know more about bone grafts, please contact our office today for more information!