From Bone Loss
When you’ve had teeth extracted or are missing one or more teeth due to decay or dental trauma, it’s likely you’ve also suffered from bone loss. In order to maintain its strength and structure, your jawbone requires proper stimulation from the roots of your teeth. When they’re missing, your jawbone will lose its shape and begin to deteriorate.
Living without one more missing teeth for an extended period of time will cause bone resorption, which can result in an altered facial shape, premature wrinkling, and saggy cheeks. It can make you appear older than you are and it can affect your ability to eat and speak.
Regenerate Lost Bone for Dental Implants
In order to restore your smile with a tooth replacement solution like dental implants, our team will examine your mouth at your consultation to see if you’re a good candidate. If you’ve suffered from bone loss and don’t have an adequate amount of bone density to hold an implant, we may recommend a grafting procedure.
A bone graft is a piece of healthy bone from your body that is used to regenerate the lost bone in your jaw. Over time, the bone will naturally bond with your jawbone and provide a stable and secure base for your dental implant.
The procedure for a bone graft is done efficiently and comfortably at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry. Once we decide you’ll need a bone graft before receiving dental implants, we’ll first provide you with sedation to ensure you feel completely relaxed.
One of our four doctors will begin by making a small incision in your gums, shape and place the bone graft in your jawbone, and then safely close up the area. There is a healing period before an implant can be placed, and this typically will take about four months.
During these several months, the bone graft will attach to your jawbone and create new, strong bone that will successfully support your dental implant. After healing, you’ll return to our Archdale office to proceed with your implant treatment.
Before you know it, you’ll be leaving with a beautiful, new smile that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
During your bone grafting procedure, an incision is made in your gum, and grafting material is added to the jaw bone. Typically, the grafting material is bone mineral that reinforces the density of the jaw bone and stimulates the formation of new bone.
The procedure lasts about 45 to 90 minutes. Since you will be sedated for the procedure, it’s important to bring a designated driver to help you home afterward.
Bone grafts may be autologous — taken from your own body, usually from the pelvis, allograft — taken from a cadaver, or made from a synthetic composite which consists of biocompatible materials that are safe within the body. Sometimes bone grafts are used in combination with other materials.
No, prior to the procedure you’ll receive sedation, including a local anesthetic, and patients typically report not feeling any discomfort. The surgery can be performed at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry and is considered minor. You’ll go home the same day and return to your normal diet within a few days.
Any pain you experience can be alleviated with a cold compress and over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen which will also decrease swelling. If you experience pain that can’t be maintained with over-the-counter pain relievers, contact us and we’ll determine the best way to address your discomfort.
Following the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and swelling which is normal and should subside within three to four days. In addition to following any care instructions provided by our doctors at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry you’ll want to:
- Avoid touching the area
- Take extra care when performing your oral hygiene routine
- Rinse with warm salt water
- Follow diet guidelines
- Refrain from strenuous activity for two to three days
- Wear your prosthetic dentures
- Remember to take your antibiotics as prescribed
Following your bone graft surgery, you’ll want to wait until the numbing agent has worn off before eating. To start, your diet should consist mainly of soft cool foods such as yogurt, ice cream, protein shakes, and Jello-O. In the beginning, you’ll want to chew away from the grafting site and avoid hard or crunchy foods.
You may be dehydrated following the surgery so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids and avoid using straws because it may increase bleeding. After a few days, you can incorporate solid foods into your diet as you begin to tolerate them. Be sure to follow any aftercare guidelines recommended by our dentists at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry.
Triad Team Today!
If you’re ready to restore your smile and revitalize your entire facial appearance, then a bone grafting procedure may be right for you. When you schedule a consultation using the contact form below, our team will be able to understand your needs more and provide you with a personalized treatment.
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