Bone loss can come from a variety of causes including periodontal disease, poor-fitting dentures or trauma to the face. Bone grafting can help replace lost bone and encourage your natural bone to grow back. The procedure helps treat a variety of issues in the mouth and helps restore your oral health after trauma.
Bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure that you generally only need general anesthesia for. Patients that require larger bone grafts will undergo general anesthetic.
The first step is preparing the bone grafting material. Your dentist will need to harvest it or prep it for the procedure. Then, the dentist will make a small incision in your gum tissue and separate it from the bone. Once the bone is exposed, your dentist will add the grafting material to the area.
To complete your treatment, the dentist will suture your gums back in place. You’ll return to our office about 10 days later for a follow-up appointment.