|Dental Implants & Bone Grafting
Our team here at want to ensure that you have a basic understanding of any procedure that you may be considering. Let us give you some important information about bone grafting in a dental context, and how this procedure can help you receive effective dental implants that will last for years to come.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is required when the jawbone has lost bone. It is a surgical procedure that uses grafting material to rebuild the bone and tends to be carried out on patients who are having dental implant surgery. The material for a bone graft may come from another area on your body, from another person, from an animal, or it may be a synthetic material—hydroxyapatite—which is strong and has good biocompatibility with natural bone.
What Is the Procedure for a Bone Graft?
You will have a consultation with our specialist to determine what type of graft is most suitable for you and the anesthesia you will have. Bone grafts may be taken from your own body, from someone else's body, from an animal or it may be hydroxyapatite—a synthetic material that is biocompatible with natural bone. The procedure may be performed with a local anesthetic or conscious sedation. If the graft is being harvested from your body, a general anesthetic may be required.
The surgeon will need to make an incision in the gum above the area of bone where the graft is required. A small hole is made in the jawbone and the grafting material placed inside. The gum is stitched back in place. It will take between three and 12 months for the grafting material to have augmented the bone enough so that there is sufficient for a dental implant to be placed.
Dental Implants After Your Bone Graft
After the final stage of the healing process is finished, and your new implant has been tailor-made to fit your mouth, the implant will be placed, and you can enjoy your new tooth. You must speak with our dental health professionals to be sure about potential risk factors, as well as expected recovery times. If, after any step of the procedure, you experience significant pain or suspect an infection, be sure to contact our dental team to properly address the situation.
Although the surgery is not painful, you are likely to experience discomfort during the recovery time. The pain will be controlled with medication, but you may have jaw stiffness, swelling and it may be a day or two before the wound site stops bleeding. You will be given specific instructions on how best to care for yourself after your bone graft, so do make sure you follow them. Take things slowly and give yourself time to recover.
Bone Grafts at Elite Dental of Natick
A bone graft procedure is revolutionary, as it helps aid the transplantation process, and makes more individuals capable of receiving the immense benefit of a highly durable and aesthetically-pleasing dental implant.
At we are dedicated to providing you with all of the information you need to make the dental implant process as simple and easy as possible. Be sure to call us at (508) 319-9339 to set up an appointment and learn about your eligibility for the bone graft procedure. Start on the path to a better smile today.