Address Jawbone Recession with a Bone Graft
If you are missing teeth and have suffered bone degeneration as a result, your jaw may not be strong enough to support dental implants. Fortunately, a dental bone graft can restore your candidacy. Dr. James M. Stein can perform bone grafting as well as all steps of implant treatment at his Boston, MA, practice. By inserting grafted material within the socket of a missing tooth, Dr. Stein can rebuild the jawbone to create a stable foundation for implant posts.
Understanding Bone Loss
Following tooth loss, the surrounding jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Normally the jaw receives stimulation from natural teeth and dental roots through actions like chewing and biting. However, when teeth are missing, vital nutrients are rerouted to other areas of the body, causing the jawbone to break down or resorb. Without sufficient jawbone density, you may not be a suitable candidate for implants.
Are you a Candidate?
A bone grafting procedure can be a viable solution for patients who wish to replace missing teeth with implant-supported restorations but do not qualify for surgery because of bone atrophy. To determine if you are eligible for treatment, we can use advanced diagnostic technology, such as a digital 3-D scanner, to evaluate the structure of your jaw. If we identify signs of bone loss, we can use these scans to precisely plan and execute your procedure.
THE BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURE
Before surgery, we can administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort, as well as sedation if desired. Depending upon your needs, we can harvest bone from another area of your mouth or use donor bone during treatment. We can also incorporate synthetic material.
Our team can guide you through each stage of treatment to ensure the highest quality services from start to finish.
We can then make a small incision in your gums, through which we can place the grafted material. After securing the graft in place, we can close the incision with sutures.
During a bone grafting procedure, we can insert harvested material into the tooth socket to restore your ability to receive dental implants.
It is common to experience tenderness, mild irritation, and swelling at the site of a bone graft. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. To reduce swelling, you can apply a cold pack or ice to the cheek for twenty minute increments over the first 24 hours. While it is critical to maintain proper oral hygiene, you should not brush or floss near the surgical site, as this can disrupt healing. Most patients can expect pain and discomfort to subside within a few days.
Over the next four to six months, the grafted material will integrate with your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your anatomy. Keep in mind that you must fully recover before you can undergo dental implant surgery. During the healing process, we may provide you with a temporary restoration, so you can eat and speak comfortably.