Many patients hear the words “bone grafting” and they instantly think of a procedure that is painful and very extensive in nature. Fortunately, this is not the case and many patients do not even experience any discomfort when they have the procedure performed. This is a procedure designed for those patients who do not have enough bone in their lower jaw area to receive dental implants. The bone grafting procedure is performed here in our Thornton, CO office and will help patients who have limited bone due to trauma, gum disease, or any other condition that could cause bone loss.
Bone that is used in this procedure is derived from either another patient donor or from an animal. It is possible that the bone is manmade, but it is not as common. The end result of the procedure is to spark the regeneration of bone in your jaw.
This procedure is very successful, and most patients have no issues with healing. The body generally accepts the bone and there are limited cases where the bone is not accepted. If the procedure does not work properly, it can be performed again.
Bone Grafting: Why Choose the Procedure?
When a patient has missing teeth and they inquire about dental implants here at Thornton Town Center Family Dental, we will make sure to provide you with a consultation. At this appointment, you will have an oral exam performed and our dentists will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
If you are missing a significant amount of bone, then you will need to have the bone grafting procedure performed BEFORE the implants can be placed into your mouth. Many patients need to have this procedure performed, so do not let it discourage you.
Patients may need to have a bone graft for a number of reasons and the most common reason is because they have lost bone due to gum disease. Many adults have gum disease and they do not even realize that they do, which means that it goes untreated for a long period of time.
If gum disease is NOT treated in a timely manner, then the bone will start to deteriorate and fade away. You may notice that your jaw bone becomes misshapen and you may have trouble chewing your food.
If you would like to have dental implants, the dentists in our Thornton office can check to make sure you have enough bone for the procedure.
Bone Grafting Benefits and Risks
The procedure of bone grafting is one that is routine and has minimal discomfort associated with it. Patients often fear the procedure because of its name, but they do not need to. This procedure is extremely beneficial for patients because it helps them keep their beautiful smile. Once the procedure is over, you will find that there are alternative options available for tooth replacement.
Another benefit is that you will be able to restore bone that has been lost from your jaw, which will allow you to get dental implants, should you want them.
There are minimal risks associated with the procedure, so it is important that you know and understand them. The dentists at Thornton Town Center Family Dental will always discuss the risks with you first before any procedure is completed.
The first risk associated with the procedure is that the bone may be rejected by the body. This can happen, but it normally does not happen. If it does occur, you can have the procedure performed again, which is very helpful.
Another risk that exists is that your gums may start to recede once the procedure has been performed. If this does happen, there are alternative treatment options to ensure that it can be corrected.
Some patients do complain that their gums and teeth are much more sensitive after this procedure has been performed. The sensitivity is able to be controlled, but you may find that you cannot tolerate foods or drinks that are too hot or too cold.
As with any procedure, there is always the risk of bleeding, infection, and swelling. If you feel like the symptoms you are experiencing are not normal or they start to impede on your lifestyle, talk to one of the dentists at Thornton Town Center Family Dental today.
How the Procedure Works
We perform bone grafting here in our Thornton, CO office. The goal of this procedure is to restore bone in your jaw, so that you can replace any teeth you need to. At the start of the procedure, your gums will be separated from your teeth, so that the roots and bone are visible.
Any plaque or tartar will be cleaned off at this point and then our dentists will examine where and how much bone is missing and what is needed. A bone material will be injected into the voids that exist and your gums will then be stitched back together.
You will be provided with care instructions after the procedure and these must be followed to ensure that you do not experience any complications or infections. The healing process is not a fast one and will take some time. You should expect it to be about six to nine months.
There will be follow up appointments scheduled to ensure that your jaw is checked, and that bone growth is taking place.
Call Today for Your Appointment
If you are interested in learning more about the bone grafting procedure, don’t hesitate to call Thornton Town Center Family Dental today. You will need to have a consultation performed to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure, but don’t panic because most people are.
The procedure is generally easy to handle and will not cause much discomfort, if any. The dentists in our Thornton office are ready to take care of you and provide you with the care you need. Call Thornton Town Center Family Dental today to schedule an appointment.
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