For patients who have experienced jawbone degeneration and are ineligible for dental implants, a bone graft procedure can restore your candidacy. To qualify for dental implants, you must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implant posts. At Ironwood Dental Care in Queen Creek, AZ, Dr. Brent Stanley can transplant a bone graft from a donor or another part of your body into affected areas. This process can help to promote healthy bone regrowth and ensure a successful dental implant placement. At our practice, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care using advanced techniques and technology.
Why is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Insufficient bone mass is common in patients who have experienced dental trauma, significant tooth loss, or severe periodontal disease. Healthy tooth roots provide constant bone stimulation, helping to maintain the structure of the jawbone. When these are lost or damaged, the jawbone can atrophy. If bone loss is not addressed immediately, it can lead to other oral health concerns, such as dental pain, shifting teeth, and changes to the shape and contour of your face.
Bone grafting helps to create a strong base for dental implants, which in turn support your customized restorations.
In order to replace missing teeth, your doctor may recommend dental implants and implant-supported restorations. However, to qualify for this procedure, patients must have enough bone tissue to support these posts. Inadequate bone tissue does not provide a stable foundation for implants and can lead to failed treatment.
Bone Grafting Treatment
Dr. Stanley can harvest bone from your chin, tibia, or hip, or from a donor to use during a bone grafting procedure. He may also use biocompatible materials if this provides the best option. He can then transplant the bone into the dental socket. This treatment helps to create a strong base for dental implants, which in turn support your customized restorations. At Ironwood Dental Care, we can design a dental crown, bridge, or full arch denture to completely restore your smile.
During your consultation, Dr. Stanley can use the latest technology to examine the structure of your smile and determine the extent of bone loss. Using this information, he can create a treatment plan personalized to your unique needs. The amount of bone grafting necessary will depend on the extent of tooth and bone loss and the type of restoration.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Stanley can administer local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure. After harvesting or preparing the hard tissue, Dr. Stanley will make a small incision in the top of the gums. He can then place the bone tissue carefully in the socket, which will be held in place by small wires or screws. Once secure, Dr. Stanley can close the incision with dissolvable sutures. As sedation is involved, you should schedule a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your procedure.
What to Expect during Recovery
After surgery, you may experience some pain, swelling, or inflammation. To manage discomfort, you should take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication as directed. In addition, you can rest with your head elevated to minimize swelling. To ensure a smooth recovery, it is important to avoid brushing your teeth or touching the surgical site for the first 24 hours.
Full recovery typically lasts three to six months. During this time, the grafted tissue will fuse with your jaw and promote healthy bone regrowth. Throughout this period, Dr. Stanley can monitor your progress to ensure proper healing.