Looking for the best oral surgeon in Modesto, CA area? Let us help you with your oral surgery needs for bone grafting in Stanislaus County. Thinking of getting dental implants, but don’t have enough jawbone to properly support them? Or maybe you’ve just had a tooth extraction? Do you have an indent where your old tooth used to be? Not to worry, with a bone grafting procedure the oral surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery can strengthen your jawbone. For a consultation, call the office or schedule your appointment conveniently online.
Why do I need a bone graft?
A bone graft is often necessary before a dental implant procedure. It’s necessary that your jawbone has enough density to properly support the implant. Often, patients opt for a bone graft after an extraction, so the area doesn’t feel indented. There are times when a bone graft might be necessary if you have gum disease or experience trauma to the jaw area.
What is the process for getting a graft?
Often times a bone graft is performed at the same time as your tooth extraction. If this is the case, the grafting material is placed into the socket directly after the tooth removal. By performing a bone graft at the same time as your extraction it saves you from multiple surgeries and appointments.
Bone grafts can be made from a variety of materials, including:
- Synthetic materials
- Bone material from another part of your body
- Human donor bone material
- Bone material from an animal source
If you are receiving a bone graft in a separate appointment our expert surgeon will cut into your gums revealing the bone site beneath. Your surgeon places the graft and covers it with a membrane. At this point the site is stitched up. Over the next few months your natural bone grows around the implant material adding strength and density.
Is the process painful?
If your bone graft is performed at the same time as your tooth extraction it is no more painful than that process. And since you will be under the influence of a local anesthetic and sedation if you choose, you won’t be able to feel the process. If your bone graft is occurring at a separate appointment, the same anesthesia or sedation is available.
After your bone graft, it takes a few days for your gums to heal. But your pain should be minimal and can be reduced by taking over-the-counter medicines. Your Stanislaus Oral Surgeon in Modesto, CA will give you specific instructions after your procedure.
CAN BONE GRAFTING PREVENT DRY SOCKET?
A bone graft is a good solution to prevent dry socket. Dry socket can occur after an extraction. When the blood clot, that forms over the socket, becomes dislodged, it can expose sensitive nerve endings. A bone graft covers those nerve endings preventing the chance of this painful condition developing.
WHY IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY AFTER EXTRACTION?
Bone loss often occurs after a tooth extraction. A bone graft will help replace the missing bone. Studies show that the part of the jaw bone called the alveolar ridge can reduce in both height and width. For the jaw bone to maintain its size and strength it needs the force exerted through the teeth and their roots. Once the tooth has been extracted it lacks the stimulation to promote new bone growth and the bone begins to shrink. It is noted by many oral professionals that a bone graft can help maintain jaw bone size. This is important because your jaw will need to continue to support your other teeth and maintain their shape in your mouth. Bone grafting is sometimes required for those wishing to have a dental implant too.
IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY FOR DENTURES?
A bone graft is normally performed when preparing for dental implants. It can also be advantageous to have a bone graft when preparing for dentures. Firstly, it will add extra strength to your jaw bone. This will give your dentures a strong foundation to sit on. Bone grafts can also make your jaw bone smoother. This will help the dentures fit securely to your jaw and minimize them from sliding around. Of course, you can eliminate sliding completely by having dental implants fitted. The surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery will always recommend dental implants as the number one option in teeth prosthetics.