A bone graft is a procedure that replaces missing or damaged bone tissue with healthy, new tissue. The graft makes it possible for the body to regenerate bone growth and restore the natural structure of the jaw. A bone graft is often performed after a tooth is lost or extracted. If the bone is lost, the jaw may shrink and change shape, affecting your ability to receive dental implants. A bone graft can build up the bone where the tooth used to be, ensuring there is enough bone in the jaw to support the implant.
Procedure for a bone graft
While preparing for bone grafting surgery, your dentist will first take 3D images of your mouth, allowing them to plan for your procedure. Then, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, so you don’t feel pain during the surgery.
A bone graft is a minor procedure, and it usually does not require an overnight stay. The affected area will be numbed prior to your dental procedure. Then, the graft will be inserted into the space. You may receive a graft that is made from synthetic material or from your own bone.The bone provides structural support for your jaw. When the bone is weakened, it can lead to changes in your bite, including misalignment. A bone graft can restore strength and function to weakened bone structure.
What happens after a bone graft?
After a bone graft procedure, you might feel some pain. Your dentist can prescribe pain relievers to help you manage any discomfort. It’s important that you follow the instructions of your dentist and take any medications as directed.To protect the bone graft, your dentist might recommend that you avoid specific activities, such as biting down on hard foods. We also recommend a soft food diet for a few weeks.
How long does a bone graft last?
The length of time a bone graft lasts depends largely on the type of graft used. A bone graft that is placed and heals properly can last for a lifetime. However, it’s important to remember that once a tooth is gone, the bone that once supported that tooth is no longer fully there. Therefore, the bone will resorb and not grow back.
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