Bone Grafting with Your Lafayette Dentist
If another dentist has told you that you are not a good candidate for dental implants, you might be wondering about your options. The problem is likely that the other dentist doesn’t see enough jawbone available to support a dental implant. Because your teeth act like anchors in your jawbone, when you lose teeth the bone in your jaw begins to lose its form and reabsorb. This can put your other teeth at risk for failure because the foundation of your teeth is literally melting away. That it is why discussing implants as soon as possible after tooth loss is so important.
The good news is that there may still be hope for you to get dental implants in Lafayette, LA. If you are interested in dental implants but concerned about the condition of your bone, please give us a call. We are happy to examine you and provide you with our recommendation.
Our dentists, Drs. Smith and Domingue, are highly skilled in the art of bone grafting. Their experience has meant successful implant placement for hundreds of patients.
What Is Bone Grafting?
When we evaluate your health prior to placing dental implants, we take various types of images including a 3-D scan of your teeth and jaw. What we are looking for is that you have enough bone density to successfully sustain a dental implant. We also use 3-D imaging in order to find the ideal location for your dental implant.
If your bone becomes too deteriorated, dental implants are impossible without certain procedures to build up and restore your bone. Our dentists are skilled in bone grafting, which uses donated or harvested bone to rebuild the bone of your jaw so that your implants can be held in place.
Bone grafting is becoming more common because the benefits of implants are undeniable. Having dental implants helps to maintain your remaining bone, and since implants are most like your natural teeth, they are the most effective tooth replacement option.
Once we have enough bone density in the area where you need a dental implant, we can proceed with implant placement and restoration, so you can have a complete chewing surface and a beautiful smile.
Does Dental Bone Grafting Hurt?
Bone grafting is like many other surgical procedures in that some post-operative pain may exist, but it is manageable with proper post-operative care and medication. Bone grafting does not hurt any more than any other type of surgical procedure. Some discomfort is normal, and we will ask you to refrain from certain activities after you bone grafting procedure in order to promote healing.
The Bone Graft Healing Process
It takes between six and nine months for your bone graft to completely generate new bone. During the first four to six weeks, your bone graft is still soft and malleable. During this time, your bone graft is in a fragile state, so it is important to treat your surgical site with care.
Immediately following your surgery, you may experience bleeding. Gently change your gauze every 30 to 45 minutes as needed until your surgical site can clot. Do not rinse or irrigate the area immediately following surgery because you may dislodge your blood clot.
Smoking can also prevent any oral surgery from healing properly and increases the risk of infection and longer healing times.
We can talk about pain management for your particular situation and pain level. Many of the variables depend on your unique situation and circumstances. At Drs. Smith and Domingue’s office, patient comfort and satisfaction is our number one priority.
Contact Us to Learn More
Drs. Smith and Domingue are experts at bone grafting and implant placement. If someone has told you that you do not qualify for a dental implant, we encourage you to contact us for an evaluation anyway. Drs. Smith and Domingue are experienced even with the most difficult cases and you may be surprised to learn that you can have your dental implants after all.