Bone grafting is an amazing medical procedure that allows oral health care professionals to preserve or increase bone mass to a surgical site. Bone grafts are often recommended in conjunction with tooth extractions, tooth loss, and sinus lifts. The main purpose of a bone graft is to allow sufficient space to insert the titanium rods for dental implants. Your Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun K. Garg, explains the details of the procedure, and the role bone grafting plays in dentistry.
Why Are Bone Grafts Important?
When teeth are missing for an extended period of time, something called facial collapse often occurs. This plight is felt commonly amongst traditional denture wearers. When the body senses that there are no longer roots where a tooth used to be, it sends the minerals that would go to that portion of jawbone somewhere else. The jawbone begins to deteriorate without the mineralization, and the face of the afflicted person begins to sink inward, and take on a very aged appearance. Bone grafts provide the bone density for a patient who has already lost a significant amount of bone mass from missing teeth, so that dental implant surgery will be successful. Once the graft has taken, the body will begin sending minerals to that area of the jawbone again.
What Does a Bone Graft Procedure Entail?
There are several sources for the material used in bone grafts: specific parts of the patient’s own body, tissue banks, or synthetically produced bone. The graft is placed in the part of your jaw that is most lacking in bone tissue. Once accepted by your body, new bone will be naturally generated in place of the graft. The graft material will dissolve. Recovery time will be necessary for the bone to mature. When sufficient bone mass has been replenished, you are ready for a dental implant procedure.
If you have suffered facial collapse and would like to consider bone grafting, Dr. Garg can help. Contact our Aventura dentist office at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. We proudly serve patients from Aventura, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, in the 33180 zip code, and the surrounding neighborhoods.