If you’ve recently visited a dentist or oral surgeon and heard them discuss bone grafting, you might be worried. Fortunately, there’s no reason to be nervous. Bone grafting is an advanced procedure performed by oral surgeons that works to save your teeth and your smile. Let’s take a closer look at why oral surgeons prescribe bone grafting surgery and what you can expect during and after your procedure.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
The primary reason dentists prescribe bone graft surgery is for dental restorations. The most popular restoration procedures include dental implants and dental bridge procedures. Dental implants are commonly prescribed for patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease, tooth injury and tooth decay.
When a tooth falls out, the area around the tooth becomes vulnerable. If the site of the tooth remains exposed, it’s likely that they will lose an additional 50-60% of the bone surrounding the tooth. Significant bone loss causes the teeth around the area to weaken and, eventually, more teeth can fall out.
What Are The Types of Bone Grafts?
Bone grafting surgery repairs and strengthens bone at the site of tooth extraction or tooth loss so there’s less of a chance for additional tooth loss in the future. Bone grafting works in multiple steps. First, your oral surgeon will perform an oral examination including x-rays and possibly a CAT scan. Then, your oral surgeon will determine what type of bone graft is best for your situation.
The most common types of bone graft procedures include:
- Autogenous bone graft
- Allograft bone graft
Each of these procedures utilizes a different type of bone. Most oral surgeons today use synthetic bone material in their bone graft procedures. Using synthetic bone makes it unnecessary for oral surgeons to harvest bone from other areas of the mouth or body.
How Do Bone Grafts Work?
Once your oral surgeon determines what type of bone graft is best for you, they will perform the procedure. Typically, the oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums and add the synthetic bone material to the existing bone. The synthetic bone then fosters new bone growth to create a stable foundation for a tooth implant.
Many patients worry about the risks involved with bone graft surgery. However, it’s typically a straightforward procedure that requires very little recovery time. Your oral surgeon will use an anesthetic to prevent any pain during the procedure and also prescribe over the counter pain medications for your post-operative care.
At Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our team of oral surgeons uses the best technology available to make your experience as painless as possible.
Schedule an Appointment With Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
If you’ve recently lost a tooth or suffered a tooth injury, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a trusted oral surgeon. Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a top source for oral surgery in New Jersey. Dr. Nancy Herbst and her team are dedicated to patient care and work hard to ensure that every patient has the best experience possible.
Call our office at 201-601-9262 or contact us online today to see how we can help strengthen your teeth and give you the white, bright smile of your dreams.