People with dental issues, such as missing teeth, may find it difficult to smile. A beautiful smile requires healthy teeth, healthy gums, and a strong jawbone to keep them in place. For patients who have dealt with decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, or any other disease or oral injury, bone grafting in Alpharetta, GA, may be recommended if you are looking for teeth replacement options.
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What is Bone Grafting?
Your jawbone will begin to weaken if you have severe gum disease, tooth loss, or decay. Your face muscles will start to sag and lose functionality as your jawbone deteriorates. Because your jaw won’t be able to support dental implants, crowns, or bridges, this may result in several oral health issues. Bone grafting involves filling in missing or damaged bone with bone-replacement material or bone from another part of the body. A bone graft is intended to replace lost bone in a particular area by increasing volume and density. Following placement, the new bone will eventually fuse with the existing bone to form a sturdy base for dental restorations.
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
A dental bone graft is a treatment method that promotes bone regeneration. Jaw density is frequently also lost when teeth are lost. Loss of density is referred to as “bone resorption,” which can have serious consequences. There must be enough bone mass for the work to be done when cosmetic or restorative dentistry is required. Otherwise, the result won’t hold up and could cause major oral problems. Bone grafting will enable you to receive the necessary restorative treatments while returning your mouth to full functionality. Bone grafting may be required if you:
- Have to have a tooth pulled
- Must rebuild your jawbone to acquire a complete set of dentures
- Are considering getting a dental implant
- Have a severe periodontal condition that has caused bone deterioration
- Have been missing teeth for a long time, which may have caused the bone to deteriorate or be damaged
The Bone Grafting Procedure
To determine the best course of action, Dr. Joseph Moore will first examine the affected area to evaluate the overall health of your teeth, bone, and gums. We typically assess the extent of the necessary bone grafting using a unique, 3-dimensional x-ray to evaluate the locations where your teeth replacement treatment is planned. Before the bone grafting treatment can start, we will adequately address any periodontal disease that may be present and any damaged neighboring teeth.
Using local anesthetic to numb the region is the first stage in the bone grafting procedure. To reach the area, Dr. Moore will first extract any teeth to make room for the bone graft. To start the bone transplant, we will identify the many regions of your jaw where the bone is weak and needs repair. Dr. Moore will surgically remove bone from the healthy area of your jaw and cement it to the damaged area. To create a strong and sturdy jaw bone, the two pieces—the healthy and the deteriorated bone—will fuse together.
Bone Grafting Recovery
You might anticipate sensitivity and swelling in your mouth following a bone graft. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s general health, recovery times will differ. Recovery from bone grafting necessitates meticulous care and attention. However, the advantages of bone grafting far exceed the dangers and length of the rehabilitation process. To help you manage any discomfort, we will give you painkillers. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week and only eat soft meals to ensure optimal graft healing.
Bone Grafting in Alpharetta, GA
Bone grafting helps repair bone defects and stimulate new bone growth. If you need a bone grafting procedure, we are happy to answer any questions or concerns. Please call us to set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Moore to determine whether you are a good candidate for bone grafting in Alpharetta.