Bone grafting in dentistry is when an oral surgeon builds up weak areas in a person’s jaw with bone tissue or a similar substitute. The bone may be taken from your own body (autograft) or from a donor (allograft).
Grafting isn’t just for the jaw; it can also repair defects on the upper half of the mouth, too.
Why do some people end up needing a bone graft at all?
After an Injury
Cancer or an accident can lead to someone losing a large portion of bone in their jaw. A bone graft is thus necessary to restore normal function or anatomy.
To Protect Teeth
Severe gum recession or disease can lead to teeth losing vital support and protection. The exposed tooth roots are at risk for decay and extreme sensitivity, or they can fall out altogether.
Someone with compromised teeth may need to have some bone tissue replaced if they want to save their natural smile.
Prepare for a Dental Implant
Perhaps one of the most common reasons for bone grafting is to prepare a site in the mouth to receive dental implants.
Some spots in the dental arch can become too low or thin to support an implant. Natural existing bone can wear down with time if teeth are missing or if it’s actively attacked by gum disease.
Whatever the reason for getting a jaw bone graft, it takes time to heal after the procedure. It can be several months before a site is ready to support a denture or withstand an implant procedure.
Wondering whether a bone graft is right for you? Talk to a local dentist or oral surgeon.
Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
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New York, NY 10019
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