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Dental Bone Grafting

Grafting defined in a medical dictionary is a surgical procedure transplanting living tissue from one site to another. It also acknowledges that the transplant is coming without its own blood supply and instead a new blood supply grows after it is placed. A graft is most commonly applied to skin but does include bone, nerves, tendons, neurons and blood vessels. In this case we are focusing on the bone for a dental bone grafting procedure. We’ll look at the situations that might require a dental bone graft, the procedure itself and the recovery time, the procedures or dental solutions to follow and the benefits of having dental bone grafting.

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Why Dental Bone Grafting?

If you have experienced gum disease, called periodontal disease, or the extraction of a tooth or two, some form of unscheduled trauma like an accident or some forms of gum inflammation you are a leading candidate for a dental bone graft. The jawbone will lose density, strength and become thin and soft if the issue is not addressed in an appropriate fashion. So, for example, you had a tooth extracted and did not continue promptly with having an implant placed to fill that gap. Over a given period of time your jawbone will suffer. Then you decide it’s time to get that implant. The dentist will need to x-ray the jawbone to confirm its integrity to receive the post necessary to build the implant on and there isn’t enough there. Gum disease can have the same negative effect on the jawbone.

Bone Grafting Benefits

Stepping back to the source, you are reversing a negative experience related to your teeth or gums in some fashion. The first benefit is that of health. If you do not address your jawbone loss you will begin to see the difference in your facial appearance. The facial bones support the skin and muscles of your face. Without giving your jawbone proper attention your face will begin to look prematurely aged. Most often today the next step after dental bone grafting is that of placing a dental implant. So the benefit has two levels so to speak. The end to the means. Once your graft is healed you have the healthy bone platform to accept the titanium post that will carry your new artificial tooth. If you had no choice but to have your natural tooth removed the dental implant is then the next best thing to having that original tooth back. It will be strong, secured to your jawbone and match the color of your neighboring natural teeth.

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Bone Grafting Procedure

The staff at Smile Eden Prairie, after the x-ray confirms that your jawbone cannot accommodate the desired dental implant, will bring in an oral surgeon. Depending on the graft and the preference of the surgeon, the graft itself may be from a bone within yourself, a bone from a donor, an animal bone or a synthetic material. There are businesses that specialize in natural bone from donors. The bone material is cleansed of any DNA and looks literally like a dry sponge. There is extensive screening that is included to make sure the graft has been tested for any infectious diseases. They are packaged in single patient doses for the sake of sterility. The benefit of choosing this option is you don’t have a second surgical site on your body. The oral surgeon will take the graft and put in on the jawbone. The replacement is called bone regeneration. In the dental industry they identify three main dental bone grafting procedures. The first is socket grafting. This is specific to a tooth extraction focusing on the jawbone under the missing tooth. The second type of dental bone graft is the bone substitute. This would involve a larger piece of graft and even a flap or membrane to encourage the healing. The third type deals with even more severe bone loss. This involves larger chunks of bone and introduces titanium screws to hold the graft in place to promote the regeneration. The simpler dental bone grafting procedures usually take 45 to 90 minutes.

Bone Grafting Aftercare

You will want to rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution four or five times a day, especially after meals, for a few days. You can brush your teeth normally but do your best to stay away from the surgical site. All of these dental improvements should be done under the supervision of the staff at Smile Eden Prairie. As you proceed through the healing process they can update x-rays to monitor the health of the dental bone graft. At the right time they will suggest you begin the dental implant process. You should consider planning on visiting Smile Eden Prairie twice a year moving forward. These regular visits allow them to do examinations and document the changes in your teeth and gums. They will also have a hygienist professionally clean your teeth. By establishing this routine you can maintain the balance of your natural teeth in the best possible condition you can. They will encourage you to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. At each evaluation they will give you a new toothbrush so you are using a brush that is not too tired. They will also strongly suggest you floss once a day to get between the teeth that the tooth brush can’t reach. Dental bone grafting is a common procedure and the end result will improve your dental health and that of your precious smile.

Bone Graft Recovery

The actual length of recovery totally depends on yourself, the extent of the bone graft and the material the graft came from. Realistically you may have to wait two weeks for the initial soft tissue healing process and then another three to six months for the bone to regenerate. The larger the graft the longer the time. The blocks mentioned above can take five to six months. With the very common socket graft you can expect to proceed with your dental implant procedure in the three month time frame.

Contact Smile Eden Prairie

Having a dental bone graft procedure can significantly impact and improve the lives of those with damaged teeth. Scheduling an appointment for a dental bone graft is the first step towards being confident in your smile once again. We are here to help you begin your journey towards the perfect smile! Please contact us to set up an appointment for a dental bone graft at (952) 941-9829. At Smile Eden Prairie, we are passionate about your smile and committed to providing you with the quality care you need!