What is a bone graft?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure done to repair bone fractures or replace bone loss. When a tooth is missing or has retracted from the jawbones that support your roots, gums and teeth, the bone eventually disappears, causing facial features to shift and sag over time. This process then creates potential problems such as pain in your mouth, not being able to speak or chew food properly. Fortunately, with the help of bone grafts, we can rebuild lost bone tissue. This procedure will not only improve your appearance but also allows us to place a dental implant on top of it!

How grafting works

The procedure itself is done using a piece of bone (typically from your jawbone) as the base for your implant. Depending on the type of dental implant, and the state of your jawbone, the recovery process can take several months for the transplanted bone to grow strong enough to support the implant fully. Once the jawbone has healed, screw-like posts are implanted into the new bone to support the artificial tooth. 

After The Procedure

Bone grafting is a popular and safe procedure, with over two million surgeries performed each year. Of course, as with any surgery, it comes with a few risks. Common risks include infection, damage to the surrounding teeth and blood vessels, nerve damage, and sinus problems. The post-procedure discomforts include swelling of the gums, brushing on the skin, and minor bleeding. Any pain after the procedure should only last a few days and can be managed with anti-inflammatory medication, as well as ice therapy.