Your dentist may recommend a dental bone graft to replace a part of the jaw where bone tissue has been lost due to disease, injury, or trauma. Dental bone grafts are also common where additional support is needed for dental implants. Although dental bone grafts fall under cosmetic dentistry, the procedure goes beyond aesthetic purposes.
Replacing lost bone can restore the natural function of your jaw and encourage natural bone to grow, preventing future bone loss and further complications. Some of the most common reasons patients need dental bone grafting in Calgary include:
As we age, our bones remold and shift, which is a healthy and natural process that removes and replaces bones when necessary. However, when bone is removed quicker than it can be replaced, bone loss occurs. Symptoms of jawbone loss include:
Bone can be taken from elsewhere in your body, such as your hip or jaw, from a donor, another species such as a cow or pig, or the material can be completely synthetic. During your consultation, your dentist will speak to you about the different types of bone grafts and help you decide which is best for you depending on your comfort level.
The preferred method is to take bone from your body, known as an autograft. Using your own bone promotes quicker healing and encourages natural bone formation. However, an autograft can be more extensive, as it requires two surgeries to take bone from your body and then place it into your jaw where it’s needed.
After the procedure is complete, you’ll be monitored for a few minutes before being discharged and given after-care instructions. Your dentist will likely prescribe you antibiotics to prevent infection and a prescription for pain relievers. The dental team will schedule a follow-up appointment about a week or two after the surgery to make sure that your gums are healing properly.
We recommend applying ice packs to reduce pain and swelling, eating soft foods for the first few days of healing, avoiding hot liquids and hard foods, and refraining from any physical activity.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms of bone loss or you suspect that you have jawbone loss, schedule an appointment with us at Stoney Trail Dental as soon as possible. We want to prevent further complications, help you restore the functionality of your teeth and gums, and support your facial structure.