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How Do Bone Grafts Work?

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman in dental chair about to get a bone grafting at Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center in Livermore, CABone grafting is like a special operation where we move strong and healthy bone from one place to another to build up missing bone and its support. When you get dental implants, the implant must join with the bone (a process called osseointegration) to make a strong base for the new tooth. So, bone grafting helps create a solid base for dental implants by adding the missing bone where needed. In this article, we will discuss how bone grafts work:

How Bone Grafts Work

Before the surgery, we give you medicine to make sure you do not feel any pain. We clean the spot in your mouth and cut a little opening in your gum to reach where we need to add more bone. Then, we either take a piece of bone from another part of your body or use a special bone material to add to your jaw where needed. It is like fixing a missing puzzle piece in your mouth to make it strong and sturdy.

Recovery takes several months because your jawbone needs time to grow back strong. This growth is essential for the new dental implants to be firmly placed. Once the implants are in, you will have to give it a few more weeks for everything to settle and for the implant to connect well with the bone. Only after this can we add the abutment and crown, completing the process of making your new tooth secure and ready for action.

Are There Any Risks of Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is considered relatively safe, but just like any other surgical process, it may have certain side effects, such as minor bleeding, gum swelling, or bruising. But these minor side effects will resolve with time, and you will remain with a healthy jawbone that will facilitate great dental health. If you are concerned about dental loss, discussing them with our qualified team of experts is paramount.

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