Bone Grafting

Human bone is a fascinating material. Because it forms the rigid structure of our bodies, giving us our physical shape, there is a tendency to think of bone like the steel skeleton of a skyscraper. But bone is far more intricate that steel. It’s a living entity all its own that evolves and adapts to your changing needs throughout your life. Your body is actually more like a giant recycling factory – depositing new bone cells and removing old ones.

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When Bone Grafting is Necessary

The same “recycling” process happens inside your mouth. Sometimes this process is a good thing. Other times, when bone resorbs, reprocessed into your body from an edentulous space (an area with a missing tooth), it’s not. For instance, the jawbone’s adaptability allows orthodontists to move teeth into a better position with braces. But in the case of losing teeth, bone loss can create significant problems.

Periodontal disease is another way tooth-supporting bone is lost. Patients who suffer from partial or complete edentulism will witness notice changes in their facial structure, resulting in features that appear to sag, or an older appearance.

Bone grafting is all about reversing these unfortunate trends. The procedure involves building up the bone you’ve already lost. Doing so provides long-term health and esthetic benefits and also sets the stage for your dentist to complete additional treatments like placing dental implants.

What is Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure typically performed in a dental office. First, an incision is made in your gum to reach the bone. Once that is achieved grafting material is added. The grafting material is usually processed bone minerals. This “bone foundation” is enough to stimulate your body to deposit new bone cells.

The grafting material can come from your own body. But just as often the bone comes from a bone bank which contains donor animal or human bone. It can also be entirely synthetic. Grafting material comes in various forms:

  • Powder
  • Granules
  • Putty
  • Gel (injected via syringe)

The graft, which is covered by a collagen membrane or platelet-rich plasma, a substance made from a patient’s own blood, will act as a healing and protective agent on top of which, new bone will be deposited.

What to Expect

Bone grafts require only local anesthesia. If requested, however, oral or IV sedatives can also be administered. Soreness is common in the area after the surgery. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and/or pain relievers, as well as ice therapy after the procedure, is usually the best approach. Any residual pain will fade away within 1-2 days.

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For more information about bone grafting or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garg and his team, contact the Center for Dental Implants at one of our locations around Miami today!

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