Dr. Shirley Bien offers a surgical dental procedure known as bone grafting, and it’s recommended for patients who lack sufficient bone in their lower jaw. Bone grafting is often performed to add bone to your mouth if you need it before another procedure, such as a dental implant. Greenhills Dental in Fremont, CA can help you restore the bone in your jaw with bone grafting.
Bone Grafting Explained
Why would you be missing bone? This can come from a variety of reasons, such as suffering a trauma or having gum disease. Many adults can suffer from gum disease and not realize that it’s affecting the jawbone. Visiting a dentist in Fremont, CA regularly is a good way to make sure that you have a good handle on your oral health. If you already have gum disease, you may have diminished bone and that means you can’t receive certain dental treatments, because you’ll lack proper support in the jawbone. Luckily bone grafting is a common procedure that has nearly a 100% success rate.
Where does the bone used in a bone grafting come from? If you’re getting a bone grafting procedure at Greenhills Dental, you’ll need a replacement bone. The donor bone can come from several places; you may receive a bone from a patient donor or Dr. Shirley Bien can use an animal bone, or even a bone that’s 100% man made of synthetic materials.
Considering Bone Grafting
If you want to have a dental implant, you will need to be evaluated to see how your mouth will accept it. This involves looking at the bone’s health and appearance. Dr. Shirley Bien will examine your jawbone and see if your bone is healthy enough to withstand implant. If, for some reason, you’ve lost bone, then you’ll be recommended a bone grafting.
Don’t worry, this is a very common dental surgery Greenhills Dental performs regularly. The dentist can discuss with you how it works and how it will help your dental implant. A dental implant is a great way to get your bright healthy smile back.
How Bone Grafting is Performed
The focus of bone grafting is to cause the body to accept the new bone and move into the regrowth process. It’s a surgical procedure that begins with looking at your roots and bone after separating the gums from the teeth; this is because the gums can block the view of the bone.
The next step is to examine the bone and clean the teeth roots, if needed. After that comes the actual injection process — any holes in your existing bone will be located then injected with the bone replacement. Your jawbone should take the offered bone and begin the regrowing process soon after. After the injection, the dentist will stitch the gums back together.
After Bone Grafting
Healing after a bone grafting in Fremont, CA’s Greenhills Dental typically takes 6 to 9 months. Not everyone heals the same way, so you may have a faster or slower healing process. Like most dental procedures, there are risks associated with bone grafting. Your body may reject the bone, however, again, the procedure has nearly a 100% success rate, so this is rare and may depend on other factors. You may have increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverage.
Because the gums are separated during the bone grafting surgery, you may experience some receding, which means that the gums can expose more of the tooth. If this happens, it can be corrected with a simple surgery so you can reduce the risk of getting food caught or to make yourself feel less self-conscious. You may have infection or swelling, just like you would with nearly any other surgery.
You’ll be given instructions on how to care for your mouth after the procedure. It’s important that you follow these instructions exactly to give your body the right things it needs to heal or you risk infection. Our Fremont, CA dentist Dr. Shirley Bien will want to see how your body accepted the bone so you’ll be scheduled for a follow-up visit.
If you want more information about bone grafting or want to see if you should get the dental procedure, contact the Greenhills Dental office today.