Some types of dental issues, such as gum disease, can lead to a loss of teeth and bone structure in the teeth and jaw. In order to get dental implants to replace missing teeth, bone loss has to be fixed with a procedure called bone grafting. This is not something that many dental patients have to undergo, so you may not be very familiar with the procedure. Here are some common bone grafting FAQs that you will want to know.
Bone grafting in implant dentistry simply means that a small amount of grafting material, which is usually laboratory-processed bone made from a synthetic material or an animal such as a cow, will be injected into the bone under the gum. This may include a small incision being made into the gum, or it may be performed in the opening left behind by an extracted tooth. Over the following months, your body will grow new bone cells where the grafting material was injected.
The creation of synthetic or animal-based grafting material is carefully controlled and governed, and there are no specific health risks involved with this type of bone grafting. There is a type of bone grafting that requires your dentist to obtain bone matter from your own body to use as grafting material. This type of grafting for dental implants can cause a small risk, due to the second surgery that will have to take place to remove the grafting material from the body in the first place.
It only takes a couple of days at the most for a dental patient to begin feeling great again after a bone grafting procedure. It will take several months, however, for the site to develop a natural foundation of healthy bone matter again.
To understand more about the role of bone grafting in implant dentistry, give our office in Dundee a call at 847-854-1200 or contact us online.