At Peninsula Prosthodontics, we aim to provide the highest standard of information and quality care when it comes to your oral health. There are many dental problems that you may need to overcome throughout your life, and we are here to help you confront them. One such problem involves a lack of bone in your mouth, which can make it difficult for us to give you dental implants that enable you to use replacement teeth. In such a scenario, we recommend you consider a bone graft procedure that can replace the lost bone and allow you to get the treatment you need.
What Does Bone Graft Surgery Entail?
When your jawbone needs more support, bone graft surgery can be employed by using special bone grafting material or bone from another part of your body to graft what you need on to your jawbone. Once this surgery is completed, we will wait a few months for your body to create new and strong bone around the graft that can then provide a firm foundation for a dental implant. Occasionally, if you do not need much bone replaced, we can schedule the bone graft procedure to happen at the same time as your dental implant surgery. After the bone graft is completed, we can move on to the rest of your treatment plan as your jawbone should be solid enough to support the dental implants you need.
Bone Material Options
We have a variety of choices when it comes to the type of bone that we can use for the grafting procedure. Many patients choose to use another area of their body for the bone that we use. The other options range from synthetic materials, bones from someone else, or bones from an animal such as a cow. For your specific treatment plan, we may recommend one of these options over the rest to fit best with your mouth’s needs. If we do move forward with bone from another person or animal, we will make sure that the material is thoroughly disinfected and safe for your oral health. Regardless of what we choose, the graft material will be temporary, as its main purpose is to serve as an initial platform for new bone to grow on and eventually replace.
Bone Graft Surgery And Its Benefits
Though bone graft surgery can sound intimidating, it is more common than you may think, as it is needed for half of all implant placing procedures. Bone graft surgery can also have many benefits beyond allowing you to use dental implants. Bone graft is a useful tool for saving teeth from periodontal disease as well as recovering teeth that have been damaged or broken by traumatic injury. Over time, the bone grafting improves your bone mass so effectively that your future dental implants can look almost exactly like your neighboring natural teeth. Replacing bone in this manner can bring back your attractive smile and make you look young again.
If you would like to learn more about bone grafts and think it may be the right choice for you, call us today at (360) 328-1880.