When someone is missing one or more teeth, they might qualify for the installation of a dental implant. Dental implants are synthetic teeth with metal roots that are installed directly through the gum and into the jawbone. They are unbeatable since they are indistinguishable from natural teeth and function like a regular tooth. They are also easy to care for.
One of the problems individuals might encounter when trying to receive dental implants, though, is having a weak jawbone. When teeth are lost, the bone is often weakened because it is no longer getting a workout from chewing and eating. When this happens, patients can contact Bonita Dental Care to consider receiving bone grafting.
What It Is
Bone grafting is when a section of bone is taken from another portion of the body and attached to the jaw through a surgical process. It is often used in other parts of the body and is an excellent solution when the jawbone is too weak or thin to support an implant. While some people experience anxiety or fear when considering a bone graft, the truth is that the procedure is quite simple and can be completed in a single visit.
How It Works
Patients are anesthetized during this procedure to minimize pain and discomfort during the surgical process. Sometimes bone from another part of the body is used, but most modern dental offices now use a synthetic bone-like material that will harden after being grafted and adhere to the jaw.
A specialist like a periodontist or an oral or maxillofacial surgeon reaches the jawbone through the interior of the gum and will slice through the tissue to reach the bone. The grafting material is carefully packed around the jawbone, and the tissue is then sealed and sanitized to facilitate healing.
Patients will need to wait a couple of months to allow the graft to solidify and heal. Once the healing is complete, an individual can return to the office and receive their dental implant. X-rays will be done to determine how well the jawbone is healing, and patients often need to make multiple visits during the healing process to check on their progress.