What is bone grafting, and why might it be performed?
Dental implants are a great way for patients to replace one, several, or all their teeth. These titanium posts act as a tooth root replacement and hold a restoration over the top to repair the smile’s appearance, function, and health. But sometimes, patients considering implants may have experienced bone loss and need to be prepared for bone grafting treatments. Manteca, California patients are welcome to ask the team at Family Dental Center about bone grafting and augmentation treatments.
What is involved in dental bone graft surgery?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to replace missing bone in the jaw. This surgery can be performed for many reasons, including correcting an underbite or filling in spaces where teeth have been lost. The grafted bone may come from the patient’s own body, or it may be donated by a donor. In some cases, synthetic bone may be used. Many patients may consider bone augmentation if they are interested in implant dentistry but do not have sufficient bone to be regarded as an appropriate candidate.
The surgery is typically performed under anesthesia and takes between 45 to 90 minutes to complete. A small incision is made in the gum tissue, and the bone graft is positioned in the desired location. Sutures are then used to close the incision.
Patients typically experience moderate swelling and discomfort following surgery. Medication will be prescribed to help relieve these symptoms. Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery but generally lasts between four and six weeks.
Bone grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can provide long-term results. It is essential to follow the post-operative instructions closely to ensure a smooth recovery.
Schedule a visit with our team at the Family Dental Center of Manteca, California
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with Family Dental Center today. Dr. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy are here to provide a wide range of services for new and returning patients and families, including bone augmentation and grafting for those considering dental implants in their future. Call (209) 420-1205 to request a consultation visit at 521 East Center Street.