What is a Bone Graft?

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Advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a serious condition that can cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth in place. Some tooth extractions can also take a significant amount of bone with them. Dental implants are one possible solution to replace these lost teeth. However the implant will need to be anchored into healthy bone.

In a case like this, a bone graft procedure will need to be done several months in advance. During the procedure, a small amount of bone is taken from your chin or from a cadaver sample. This bone material is then surgically implanted into your jaw. Over the course of time, your body integrates the bone, which will provide enough structure to hold the implant.

In most instances, the bone grafting procedure can be performed using only local anesthetics instead of sedation.

After the procedure, you most likely will be prescribed pain killers, anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics. While the area is healing, you will need to stick to a soft-food diet and avoid hot and cold beverages.

Tobacco use can irritate the gums and even lead to infection. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you might want to talk to your regular physician about a tobacco cessation program. Try to choose a program that doesn’t use nicotine gum or lozenges as these can also irritate the healing gum tissue.

If you have questions about dental implants and bone grafts, please feel free to call us at 303.659.1920 to schedule an appointment.