Bone grafting can be essential to the success of dental restorations, in cases where the patient does not have sufficient height, depth or width of jaw bone to support the restoration. Bone grafts are often used in conjunction with dental implants and implant-supported bridges.
Why is jaw bone density important for our dental health?
Many people don’t fully understand the connection between the jaw bone and dental health.
However, your jaw is one of the main structural components of your mouth. A healthy jaw is essential in your ability to chew, speak, and retain healthy teeth, since lower set of teeth are rooted into the lower jaw.
Bone grafting is a way of increasing the amount of bone currently in your jaw. There can be several reasons why a patient has an insufficient amount of jaw bone. These include:
Gum recession as a result of periodontal disease.
Bone defects, where a patient loses some of their jaw bone as a result of an extraction. In these scenarios, patients typically experience a 40-60% loss of bone around the extraction site.
Recurrent infections, or an injury can cause the jaw bone to recede.
Benefits of bone grafting
There are primarily two ways in which bone grafting can be beneficial to your oral health. The first is that it can limit the recession that naturally follows severe periodontal disease, extraction, or other invasive procedures.
Secondly, bone grafting can restore and stabilize the jaw bone so that it is able to support dental restorations, such as implants or implant-supported bridges.
Implant-style restorations are dependent on a healthy jawbone for strength and durability, because they anchored directly into the jaw bone.
With insufficient amounts of jaw bone, the implants may be impossible to place, or may fail to integrate with the existing bone and create the foundation they need to succeed.
Bone grafting procedure
Bone grafting to the jawbone is a fairly straightforward process, where bone is taken from another area of your body, like your chin, hip, or tibia, and then fused to your jawbone. In some cases, jawbone grafts will use an artificial biocompatible material, rather than using bone from another area. Over time, the new bone fuses with the existing jaw bone, creating an ultra-secure foundation for your dental restorations.
Recovering from bone grafting
Immediately after your procedure you will probably be in some discomfort and will be given medication to help alleviate your pain.
You will also be given a course of antibiotics, which you should take exactly as prescribed. Most patients will need to take off from work for about a week after their jawbone graft. This will give their hip and jaw time to heal, and for the swelling and any bruising to subside.
You will be given specific aftercare instructions to follow during your recovery period. You should follow the rules as closely as possible for a healthier and quicker healing process.
How soon after my procedure will I be able to have my dental restorations?
We recommend that patients wait between three and six months after a jawbone graft before getting any implant-based dental restorations. This will ensure that the graft has healed sufficiently, and will give you the best chance of having a successful implant procedure.
Our skilled and knowledgeable surgeons are able to provide outstanding quality bone grafting procedures and patient care. To find out more about bone grafting, or to arrange a consultation with one of our surgeons, please get in touch with one of our offices today. Located in North Syracuse, Fayetteville and Oneida, NY, our teams consider your care their priority.