Bone Grafting In Webster, TX
If gum disease has run rampant in your mouth, your gums will begin to recede. If your gums are allowed to recede enough, your teeth will begin to become loose, and you will be in danger of losing teeth.
Once you have lost teeth, whether it be from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, you can still restore your oral health by replacing your teeth with a tooth replacement option, such as:
- Dental Implants
If you do not replace your missing teeth, you can start to get into trouble. You will begin to lose gum tissue and bone that once surrounded your teeth.
What is a Bone Graft?
If your jawbone has thinned out, you are still able to regain that lost function and save your appearance through a bone graft. A bone graft will restore the bone in your jaw by applying soft tissue that recreates bone. After we’ve replaced the bone that you’ve lost, you can receive your tooth-replacement option. After your bone graft, dental implants are then a great option for teeth replacement.
Who is a good candidate for bone grafting?
When you lose bone mass in your jaw, your appearance will begin to change. Often, your lower jaw will shrink and will create wrinkles in your skin that weren’t there before. When you get these new wrinkles, you will begin to look older than you really are. Also, your lower jaw shrinking can leave your face looking abnormal because your upper and lower jaw are disproportionate in size. Nobody wants to look odd or older than they really are, but that is exactly what can happen to you if your oral health falls into disrepair. If your oral health has faltered, we can help you get your appearance back to normal with a bone grafting procedure and tooth replacement option at Clear Lake Dental Care.
These are the general scenarios in which a patient will require bone grafting:
- Dental Implants — Grafts rebuild bone so that it is able to adequately anchor and support dental implants.
- Tooth Extractions — For adult tooth extractions, it is common for the dentist or oral surgeon to place bone-grafting material down in the tooth socket after a tooth has been removed. This ensures that, should the patient want to replace the tooth with an implant down the road, there will be adequate bone mass.
- To Save Teeth — When a person has severe periodontal disease, the teeth can become loose and there is risk of losing multiple teeth. Bone grafting can be done around the teeth to increase bone and support the teeth.
How is bone grafting done?
While a bone graft sounds like an intricate procedure, it’s really quite straightforward. These treatments are usually done with the patient under only local anesthesia. The first step is to make a small incision in the gum tissue to gain access to the jawbone. To prepare for implant placement, the graft material will usually be placed in the socket formerly occupied by the natural tooth root. The material your Clear Lake Dental Care dentist will use for your graft can come from another bone in your body, from a cadaver or animal source, or from synthetic bone graft material. We’ll discuss your options beforehand. The bone graft material is then placed down into the tooth socket; it is covered with a collagen membrane; and the incision is closed.
Now we wait. Your body initiates the building of new bone and this takes several months. As this process progresses, your body replaces the bone graft material with new bone.
If you have more minimal bone loss and we believe you have adequate bone mass to take an implant, we may insert bone graft material at the same time we are placing the implant base into your jaw. Then your jaw will create new bone mass at the same time it is growing around the implant.
Why would I need bone grafting before I could receive a dental implant?
Dental implants are an incredibly successful dental procedure. The implant replaces the missing natural tooth and functions and feels just like a natural tooth. But the key to success with these dental prosthetics is the titanium implant, which is the base that screws down into the jawbone. If you have lost bone mass due to gum disease and long-term absence of numerous teeth, your jawbone has likely deteriorated. That is the reason why people who have lost all or most of their teeth can appear as if their lower jaw is collapsing backwards. If you place the implant into an area where the jawbone is deteriorating or degraded, the implant may not successfully take. This is the process called osseointegration where the jawbone grows around the titanium implant and it becomes a part of the jaw.
So, when we look at your bone mass when planning your dental implant or implants, we need to be sure there is sufficient mass to hold the implant. If we doubt there is, we need to place a bone graft.
Where does bone grafting material come from?
Bone grafts come from four sources:
- An animal
- Synthetic materials
- A cadaver
Grafts that come from the patient in areas such as the chin, the back of the jaw, the hip, or the leg are known as “autografts.”
Graft material that comes from a cadaver is known as an allograft.
Bone material from animal sources is known as a xenograft.
As described above, material from any of these sources is completely sterilized and safe for use.
Is bone grafting safe?
These are common procedures and involve little risk. Bone grafts are used with many dental implant procedures and these procedures have a success rate of over 95 percent, so the entire process is safe.
As with any surgery, there can be complications:
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
Numbness or tingling in the gums, lips, or cheeks
How long does dental bone grafting for dental implants take?
This depends upon the amount of grafting we think is necessary to adequately anchor your dental implant. If you need to build a good deal of bone mass this will take about four months in most patients, although it can take longer. If we believe we can place the graft material at the time of the implant because you only require minimal new bone mass, it won’t add any time to the process.
How long is recovery after a bone graft?
You may experience some soreness in the area of the bone graft, but it is not acute and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You’ll probably also have some slight swelling. The small incision to access the bone heals quickly, as long as you’re not a smoker. Discomfort only lasts a day or two.
Can my body reject the bone graft?
No matter the source (other than those taken from your own body), bone grafts are specially treated to eliminate any bacteria or other biological materials so the graft material is purely bone particles and nothing else. This makes bone grafts completely sterile and there is virtually no risk of the body rejecting the graft. Of course, if your body is the source, there is zero risk. This does, however, create a second surgery site.
Dental Implants After Bone Graft
Once you have had your bone graft, you can make sure that your bone never deteriorates again through replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. When you have dental implants placed, it will not only give your mouth a beautifully functional smile that will boost your confidence, but it will also give your oral health a much-needed boost!
Dental implants replace your teeth as well as the roots of your teeth. Replacing the roots of your teeth is important because it is the sole reason for retaining the gum tissue and bone surrounding your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have lost teeth and have not had them replaced because you don’t have enough bone to support replacement teeth, you may be in need of a bone graft. Call Clear Lake Dental Care at 281-557-8097 or make an appointment using our online form. We wish to give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed about, even in seemingly hopeless situations such as lost bone. Your smile can be realized at Clear Lake Dental Care!