Bone grafting is done in dentistry to replace missing bones in the mouth. It’s usually done before a dental implant or to restore the integrity of bone over a loosening tooth. At All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, we’ve performed this procedure countless times with success.
It’s worth noting that not all patients respond to bone grafting the same way. At All Smiles Dental Care, we’ve seen patients who have responded in a faster period than others. The number of visits needed is also variable based on each case.
A dental implant requires strong supportive bone to attach to. The same applies to natural teeth. That’s why the most common reasons we perform bone grafting are before attaching an implant and to help support a patient’s natural tooth with decay around it.
We’ll have to see you before deciding whether or not bone grafting would be a good option for you. After that, we’ll perform a thorough assessment of your oral cavity to detect any underlying problems. An x-ray or CT might be required to determine the state of your jawbones.
If an active infection is found, it’ll have to be cleared before grafting. As for patients, there’s not much they can do to prepare for the procedure. Just brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
Bone grafting is applying bone from a foreign site to your jawbone. We have several sources of bone grafts. The first is that we can extract bone from the patient, mainly their jaw or hard palate. The second is that we can use foreign grafts. These include bones from cadavers and synthetic bone that was made in a lab.
Both types of grafts are successful and produce great results. It seems, however, that using a patient’s bones is associated with a slightly higher success rate. This is understandable as your tissues fit in seamlessly with each other as opposed to foreign or synthetic tissues.
If you have any additional questions or are interested in knowing more about bone grafting, feel free to call or visit us at any time.