A bone graft is used to regenerate soft supporting tissues and bone loss due to gum disease. It is mainly a regenerative surgery. Through bone grafting we now have the capacity to grow bone where required in your jaw. Placing this functional bone where it has been lost, gives us the necessary foundation to move forward with the dental implants of proper width and length to restore your aesthetic appearance.
- When your teeth are removed from the socket, there is a hole left behind, and the ridge that held the teeth collapses with time. Placing grafts into the sockets at the time of extraction enhances healing and preserves the shape of the bone to allow predictable implant placement many months later. Our doctors might advise you to have a ridge preservation done during the time of extraction to prevent the requirement of an added grafting operation before implant placement. Ridge preservation is a type of bone grafting.
What Is It Used For?
Bone Grafting is regenerative surgery and one treatment for periodontitis. If you are a patient losing bone support and gum coverage around the teeth then this surgery will assist in re-forming that lost bone.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Prior to your surgery you are required to have basic treatment for periodontitis called root planning and scaling. The peridontitis must be corrected before starting the bone graft, or the problem will happen again. It is also important to take good care of your oral health. Hence, you must brush your teeth and floss twice daily.
Bone Grafting Procedure
The aim of the operation is to coerce the body into rebuilding your own bone in your jaw. This procedure is done by our doctors, who specialize in treating and diagnosing gum disease. First, they will separate your gums from your teeth to gain entrance to the roots and bone. The roots are then cleaned properly, and the defects in your bone are then filled with graft matter. With the help of the barriers the grafting material is covered during the early period of recovery. This helps in preventing the gums from shifting into the hole. Following your graft placement, your gums are placed back over the treated area and stitched in place. The area might be covered with a periodontal dressing. During the following 6-9 months your body packs the area with soft tissue and new bone.
Pre and Post-Surgical Care
It will be important to follow our instructions regarding the medicines and care instructions. It is extremely essential for you to maintain the cleanliness of your mouth during your recovery period. You should have a medical dressing over the surgical area until initial healing occurs and bleeding has completely ceased. You can use a brush, gently removing plaque from the teeth. Mouth washes that contain chlorhexidine are generally used following your surgery. These mouth washes don’t eliminate plaque from teeth. But, they definitely slow down the bacteria growth that causes plaque and hence helps in faster healing. You may have swelling following your surgery. However, you can reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack outside your face near the treated area. You must take your antibiotics as directed to prevent any infection.
When To Call A Professional
We will personally check in with you following your operation. However, if you start bleeding during your recovery period then it will be important to immediately get in touch with us. Moreover, you must call us if your surgical area becomes swollen or if you still feel any pain one week following your surgery.