Bone grafting is a procedure that many of our patients may be unfamiliar with. In short, this procedure is typically performed on a patient who has lost bone in their jaw. Bone grafting is used to add bone back to the jaw where it has grown vulnerable. This procedure is especially beneficial for patients who want or need a dental implant, but do not have sufficient bone to be an implant candidate. Read on to learn more about bone grafting, and why Dr, Mike, or your Fioritto dentist may recommend it to you.
What is a bone graft?
A dental bone graft is a procedure where bone tissue is added to your jawbone to make it stronger. Typically, bones cannot regenerate themselves—but they can heal. Bone grafting provides a boost to your body’s own healing ability. This procedure effectively gives your jaw the support it needs to return to its original strength. Bone grafting is a great solution for patients who have lost a tooth, or need to strengthen their jaw to support dentures or an implant. A bone graft is also beneficial for those recovering from periodontal disease that has damaged their jawbone.
What are the benefits of bone grafting?
Local anesthesia is required, but you can surely discuss your sedation options with Dr. Mike. Bone grafting is viewed favorably by dentists and insurers, as it gives your mouth the “scaffolding” it needs to handle larger and more complex procedures. From a health perspective, bone grafting is an obvious choice. It can work wonders to restore your jawbone’s health and smile. While this procedure may be intimidating for some, you’ll be happy to learn it is extremely well tolerated.
What’s the recovery like?
Most patients report an easy, uncomplicated recovery from bone graft surgery. Patients typically feel completely back to normal within a week or two, even though the actual healing of the jaw may not be complete for several months. Complete recovery time is dependent on the specific procedure that was performed and your overall health. Most patients can return to work or school the very next day. Periodic consultations with Dr. Mike are necessary to monitor and ensure your jaw is healing properly. As long as you keep up with your oral health routine and follow Dr. Mike’s directives, you can expect a speedy and pleasant recovery. Bone grafting surgery is an increasingly popular option for patients who have experienced bone loss and need to strengthen their jaw. It is a low-impact surgery for which most patients quickly recover. If you’re in need of a bone graft, Dr. Mike and his team at Cleveland Implant Institute will use every means to ensure your procedure is easy, painless and safe. Call us today to get started.