Dental bone grafting is not a new procedure; it has been in existence for hundreds of years. However, this procedure has become more useful today, especially because it can be used for various medical reasons. In most cases, bone grafting becomes necessary when you are suffering from different jawbone complications. But does this mean that every jawbone issue needs a bone graft? This article will address this and other related concerns.

What is Dental Bone Grafting?

Dental bone grafting is a surgical procedure performed to replace the bone loss in your jawbone. Different dental procedures, commonly referred to as oral maxillofacial surgery, may require bone grafting in your jaw. The surgeon will harvest a healthy bone from other parts of your body, like ribs or another human donor, and transplant it in your jawbone. The whole procedure normally takes less than two hours.

Dental Procedures That Require Bone Grafting

Tooth Replacement

Suppose you have a missing tooth that needs to be replaced with a dental implant. In that case, your doctor is likely to recommend bone grafting before placing the implant, especially if the tooth has been missing for a long time and the jawbone in the area has receded. In that case, bone grafting will help restore the needed volume in your jawbone to support the dental implant. After bone grafting, you might have to wait for a few weeks before you get a dental implant. Furthermore, modern technology has shortened this process significantly, allowing you to get your dental implants as soon as possible.

Periodontal Disease

Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease can weaken your jawbone and result in loss of teeth. Fortunately, this disease is treatable and can be reversed. Once the infection has been treated, your doctor will recommend bone grafting to restore the lost bone for strong teeth. You will also have to undergo bone grafting before you get a dental implant following periodontal disease.

Teeth Misalignment

If not corrected immediately, misaligned teeth will result in bone loss. Misalignment of teeth decreases bone stimulation, causing your jawbone to recede. Therefore, you need to have your teeth straightened immediately to avoid bone loss. But if the loss has already occurred, your jawbone can be restored through bone grafting.

Trauma or Injury

If your jawbone gets injured severely in an accident, your doctor may recommend you to have bone grafting to restore your facial structure.

If you have further questions about bone grafting, get in touch with Dr. Sikes right away.