You might have heard of the term “Bone Grafting”, but have you ever thought you might need this procedure? Yes, sometimes your dentist or your periodontist may recommend bone grafting prior to getting dental implants. But what exactly is bone grafting and why would you need it? Dr. DeAndrade of Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants will explain that to you.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which synthetic bone is places in your jaw to replace bone that has atrophied. This atrophy happens when the patient has had gum disease, trauma, or tooth loss.
The bone-replacement is obtained from a synthetic bone. A bone grafting procedure is done prior to implant surgery. The patient will have to wait for the graft to heal, before the implants can be placed. This could take a few months.
When is bone grafting recommended?
Before doing a dental implant, your dentist will check whether your jaw bone is healthy and strong to support the implant. If your bone is weak and not thick enough, a bone graft will be recommended. This is because there needs to be enough bone to support the implant.
Some situations which may cause weakening of your jaw bone, and in turn the need for a bone grafting are:
- Periodontal disease
- Wearing dentures for a long period
- An injury to the face
- After the removal of teeth
- Defects in tooth development
If you believe you may need a bone grafting done before getting your implants, you can visit one of the best periodontists in Las Vegas, Dr. DeAndrade. Call Anthem Periodontics right now to make an appointment!