Despite the intricate link of oral health with the rest of the body, most people tend to neglect oral care. Brushing teeth is considered a formality, while dental visits are considered the lowest priority. However, treating oral problems is both painful and expensive. In this article, we are going to discuss bone grafting surgery.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting surgery aims to restore damaged jawbone due to tooth loss or gum disease, and to encourage further growth. This is done by creating an incision in the gum to add grafting material into the bone. The grafting material is, in most cases, is synthetic. It is then covered with collagen membrane. Over time, the bone grows back and becomes stable to support the teeth.
Why is Bone Grafting Needed?
Bone grafting is performed on a variety of patients. Some of these patients want to prevent teeth falling out because the bone is damaged by advanced gum disease. In this case, grafting enhances bone support so that teeth do not fall out.
Others undergo bone graft surgery after tooth extractions so that the bone remains stable for a possible future implant procedure. Note that bone grafting also has an esthetic aspect. Bone loss can damage your facial features and make you look older. With bone regeneration, you can improve your features once again.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting offers the following benefits:
- Restores your bone after tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma
- Maintains bone structure after tooth extraction
- Restores facial bone structure
- Enhances cosmetic appearance
- Improves the efficacy of dental implants