Restore Your Oral Health with Bone Grafting
A patient’s jawbone can grow weaker for a number of reasons: lost teeth, facial trauma, and so on. Dr. Sean Healy , Dr. Diego Hurtado, and our qualified team perform bone grafting at their Santa Fe, NM, practice to boost jawbone density and improve your oral health. Contact the practice today to discuss your options and determine if bone grafting can help you.
Bone Grafting Basics
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to fix problems associated with bones or joints. Oral surgeons use bone grafting to repair or restore your jawbone area for a variety of reasons. Now, there is even the ability to grow bone where needed.
Dental implants need a strong foundation in your jawbone to succeed. Sometimes, however, there isn’t enough bone – or it’s too soft – to support dental implants. Does this rule out someone as a candidate for dental implants? Not at all! Bone grafting is actually a very common, highly successful solution for these situations, as it helps create a more solid base.
Our surgeons can perform bone grafting using the patient's own tissue, donor tissue, or synthetic material.
So what is dental bone grafting? Basically, it is a procedure that uses natural or synthetic bone to regenerate and strengthen the bone in your jaw. Natural bone can be taken from another area of the body while synthetic bone can be created and integrated. Dr. Healy and Dr. Hurtado can perform bone grafting with all types of grafts: those taken from patients themselves, from donors, and synthetic grafts.
Reasons for Bone Grafting
Your oral surgeon will help you determine if you have enough healthy bone to support a dental implant. Here are some common reasons why bone grafting may be necessary, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):
- Gum disease
- Tooth development defects
- Wearing dentures long term
- An injury to the face or trauma
- Spaces left empty in the mouth after teeth are removed or lost
- Dental procedures where efforts were not made to restore natural bone
Bone grafting is usually a minor procedure. While in most cases patients will need separate appointments for the grafting and placing dental implants, many can be completed during the same time as your implant surgery.
The Bone Grafting Process
Bone grafting might sound like a scary technique, but it’s actually a normal, low-risk procedure that doesn’t affect a patient’s daily life. Here are the basic steps involved in the bone grafting process:
- Our oral surgeon will administer anesthesia to numb the area and reduce any anxiety.
- A piece of bone is removed from another part of your jaw or body (or a synthetic bone).
- The bone is fused to the area of your jaw beneath the site of your potential dental implant.
- You’ll be given instructions on antibiotics, medications and diet.
- The transplanted bone heals and grows into new bone (which can take up to nine months).
- You’re ready for a dental implant to be placed!
Contact Us Today
Bone grafting is a great way to ensure more people get the beautiful smile they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about bone grafting and see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today!