The bone that anchors our teeth into the jaw is actually pretty special. It’s smart enough to not stick around when it’s not needed but that can be a problem when you opt to have a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Bone grafting can help replace the bone that was lost and make it possible for you to restore the look and use of your smile using a dental implant.
Before we perform a bone grafting procedure, it is important that we treat the condition responsible for the bone loss as well as counsel you on the lifestyle changes necessary to create a successful bone graft and subsequent implant. These include:
- Treatment for gingivitis or periodontitis
- Discontinuation of certain prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Cessation of tobacco use in all forms
- Implementation of a proper dental hygiene routine at home that includes twice daily brushing and flossing
The bone grafting procedure needs to be performed several weeks prior to the implant procedure to ensure that it has completely bonded to the jawbone and is ready to give the new implant an area to attach to.
By taking the following measures, you can accelerate the healing process from the bone grafting procedure and be on the way to your new smile sooner:
- Avoid touching the treated area, especially with your tongue
- Hold pressure on a gauze over the treated area for the first hour after surgery
- Use caution when rinsing or spitting
- Do not pull your lips back to look at the sutures as this can tear them
- Use ice packs on the area of your face over the bone grafting area to reduce swelling
- Follow a liquid diet for the first 24 hours following the procedure and then a soft foods diet for the next 3 days
- Do not wear dentures or other dental prosthesis until we advise you to
Bone grafting is just one of the many ways Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants can improve the look and health of your smile. Schedule a comprehensive oral exam to learn more about your options to have the healthy smile that you’ve always wanted.