FAQs About Dental Bone Graft

If you are considering getting a bone graft in order to overcome the bone loss in your jaw, then you may have some questions. Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding dental bone grafts:

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is similar to putting spackle in a hole. The spackle is made up of bone fragments that are inserted into the gap left by the tooth and covered by a sterile bandage called a membrane. The body then dissolves the bone fragments and integrates them into the individual’s own bone.

This is a precise, successful method for restoring strength to a damaged area and preventing bone loss. In most circumstances, your surgeon will undertake this procedure to prepare your jaw for the insertion of dental implants.

When is a dental bone graft recommended?

Dentists often perform bone grafting before the placement of dental implants. It may also be recommended after having a tooth extracted, for rebuilding the jaw before placement of dentures, or when bone loss has occurred due to gum disease.

Is bone graft an oral surgery?

The process of placing a dental bone graft is an oral surgery and does involve making an incision in the gum. The patient will need time to recover after the treatment has been completed.

What is bone graft material?

The material can be taken from your own body. This type of grafting is autogenous. When the material is taken from a human tissue bank or animal tissue bank, it is called allograft or xenograft, respectively. In some cases, the material is synthetic, so the bone graft is called an alloplast.

How safe is a dental bone graft?

The process of placing a bone graft is extremely safe. The potential dangers are graft rejection, which is extremely improbable, and infection, which is also quite unlikely. To address this, your dentist will administer antibiotics for seven days.

Another risk is that the body may dissolve the bone graft quicker than it can transform it into bone, necessitating the need for a second graft.

What is bone graft aftercare?

When you leave the dentist’s clinic after completion of the procedures, you will have gauze in the treated area in your mouth. This will aid to protect the area while also encouraging the healing process to get started.

Your dentist will also give you aftercare recommendations, such as what to eat and drink after the procedure and other precautions to take for a set period afterward. You will also receive instructions on how to change the dressing during the next 24 hours, as well as a prescription for antibiotics and pain relievers to avoid infection. You may also be asked to attend follow-up examinations.

After the treatment, you may experience a dull pain in your jaw for up to a week. After that, you’ll just feel minimal discomfort, and with time, you will notice more improvements. While your jaw will feel normal after a few weeks, it will take a few months to become strong enough for the placement of dental implants.

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