Bone grafting is a standard medical procedure that involves taking bone from one part of the body and placing it in another region where it is needed. Bone grafting surgery is a routine procedure and is entirely safe.
At Brighton Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, we will work with you to determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to support a dental implant without a bone graft. But in cases where the jawbone has deteriorated and does not have sufficient bone mass to support an implant procedure, we will recommend a bone grafting surgery. But don’t let the prospect of a bone graft prevent you from seeking the required dental treatment. All that is needed is one quick and painless procedure to be on your way to a revitalized smile.
Why Are Bone Grafts Essential?
When teeth are missing in the jaw, the bone is not stimulated and can quickly decline so much that it might not support dental implants when you are ready to have the teeth replaced.
Dental implants will fail if the jaw cannot support them, so this is an important factor to consider. Minor bone grafts can be carried out simultaneously when the implants are placed, while larger grafts will need to be conducted in a separate surgery. We can perform bone graft procedures in our dental office.
Bone graft material comes either from your own body or from another person or animal that has been approved and prepared for grafting. Dr. Carroll will help determine which of these options will be best for you.
How Do Bone Grafts work?
Bone grafts can usually be carried out in two ways. In the first option, the bone graft material is placed in the dental socket immediately after the tooth is extracted or else through the sinus cavity for areas around the upper jaw in the second option.
If you have a single tooth replaced, the bone graft will likely be attached before the implant. We will make an incision into your gum tissue to expose the bone, secure the bone graft, and then close the incision. All of this is performed under local anesthesia.
For a procedure involving the sinus cavity, we will access it through the implant site or by making another incision through the side of your cheek. Either way, you will receive a temporary crown while you wait for the bone graft to heal before the permanent crown is added on top of the dental implant.
If you want more information on bone grafting, call Brighton Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, at (801) 943-2020 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carroll.