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The Bone Grafting Procedure

Posted on 6/25/2015 by Dr. Wagle
A periodontist preparing donor bone for a bonegraft.If you were told that you do not have adequate bone to support dental implants, yet you want to use this advanced form of technology to replace your missing teeth, you have an option. Bone grafting is the procedure you will need to have performed in order to build the bone back up, allowing your mouth to accept dental implants. Bone grafting is a normal procedure that is performed every day. While it might sound a bit scary, it is actually a very common procedure that is very effective in many patients.

Why Bone Grafting is Done

Bone grafting helps to restore your bone to an adequate strength. Bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, of which most common is tooth loss, but it can also occur as a result of periodontitis and trauma. Keeping your bone an adequate thickness is essential in order to allow dental implants to be successful as well as to keep the structure of your face intact. If bone loss is excessive, you could lose the strength in your face, resulting in the "old person" look.

How Bones Grow
You might not realize that your body goes through a continuous cycle where cells die and are replaced with new cells. This occurs with your bones as well. During the cycle, special cells flow through the blood into the tissue. These cells help to eliminate the dead cells and bring in new cells that help the bone to continue to grow. This is what keeps your bones alive and strong in your jaw.

Bone Loss

When bone loss occurs, there is no reason for the cells to continue to navigate to your bone. This lack of stimulation results in further bone loss, which leaves nothing for a dental implant to adhere to. When you have bone grafting, however, the bone is bulked up again with natural material that is taken from another area of your mouth. This new section gives the body the signal to replenish the cells, just like was done before you experienced bone loss.

Getting Dental Implants

Over time, the area will heal and natural bone will take over where the grafting took place. Once the area is strong, it can handle the procedure of placing a dental implant. This gives you a much better likelihood of successful dental implants that are a permanent replacement in your mouth. The dental implant procedure is a separate procedure from the bone grafting, which means it could take the period of several months to a year to complete the entire process, but once you are done, you will have a full mouth of functional teeth that will not provide you with any issues - you can eat, talk, and smile with ease.

Bone grafting is a natural procedure that when done correctly can provide you with a youthful appearance and the ability to obtain dental implants - the most successful way to replace missing teeth. If you have experienced bone loss, do not think that you are not a candidate for dental implants; talk to us about your options. If you are in good health, including the fact that you do not have gum disease, we can help you build your jawbone back up so that you can be a candidate for dental implants once again. Dental implants are becoming the most common replacement for missing teeth because they continue to provide the stimulation that your bone needs in order to continue to grow.

If you are worried about tooth replacements combined with your bone loss, please call our office today. Our staff is ready and willing to help!

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