Bone Grafting – Columbus, OH
Reverse Bone Loss and Ensure Successful Implants
Take a close look at your smile in the mirror. Teeth may be in the foreground, but there are components in the background that are essential to your attractive smile. For example, underneath your gums is bone that must be strong enough to hold your teeth firmly in place. However, if you lose a tooth due to excessive decay, periodontal disease, injury or extraction, the surrounding bone tissue may begin to deteriorate. Regardless of the type of tooth replacement you choose—a dental implant, a partial or a denture—there must be sufficient bone to support a prosthetic. That’s why bone grafting in Columbus may be required.
What is a Bone Graft?
Some patients need bone graft surgery in order to rebuild the shape and size of the alveolar ridge (gum ridge) after tooth loss. If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, then there has likely been bone resorption. This happens when you don’t have a tooth root to stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth. Bone grafting may absolutely be needed if you’ve lost bone tissue and want to have dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
Bone Graft After Tooth Loss
With the aid of digital X-rays, Dr. Mick will be able to determine if there is bone loss at the site of a missing tooth. If so, then a small piece of bone from another area of your mouth is harvested in order to rebuild the lost bone. Freeze dried bone from a cadaver may be used as well.
Bone Graft After Tooth Extraction
If you must have a tooth removed, then the extraction site may need to be filled with freeze-dried human bone granules in order to maintain or rebuild the shape of your gum ridge. The area is covered with a thin membrane and stitches are placed over the site. If you will be getting a full or partial denture, healing takes about four to six weeks. However, if you would like dental implants or implant-retained dentures, then you will need to wait four to six months before the new bone tissue will be ready to hold and support an implant.
How Will You Benefit from Bone Graft Surgery?
After you’ve fully healed from bone graft surgery, you will be able to get dental implants because there will be adequate bone volume density at the site where there once wasn’t enough. Even if you only have a single missing tooth, there can be serious consequences to your oral and general health. Bone grafting allows you to consider better options for tooth replacement, so you can maintain good oral health and have a completely natural looking smile.