Bone Grafting at Medicine Hat

Why would you need to have bone grafting inside your mouth? If you have lost several teeth or have a weakened jaw bone from age or disease, you can have bone grafted to help stimulate the new bone to grow. Bone loss is a serious issue because it can change the structure and function of your oral cavity. Extreme bone loss can cause your facial features to change but you can prevent this from happening.

Your dentist at Park Meadows Dental can give you a full examination to determine if and how much bone loss has occurred. Based on your individual circumstance, it will be determined if you are a good candidate for bone grafting. You may not think it is important to have teeth replaced but when you lose several teeth your face can start to look distorted. Why else would you need bone grafting? You may be considering getting implants to improve the look and functionality of your teeth. Before getting implants your jaw bone must be strong enough to hold the titanium implant device. This may require growing bone to make sure your implants are a success.

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Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that requires bone material being placed in your jaw. Various types of material can be used in bone grafting from natural sources from your own body to other organic substances and even some that are completely man-made. As your body heals it will naturally grow new bone, replacing the grafted material.

Your dentist will determine which type of bone grafting material is suitable for your individual treatment. When you come in for your appointment you will be asked a series of questions, undergo an examination, and discuss your full medical and dental history to best determine how to proceed with bone grafting.

Bone grafting materials are proven safe and sterile for use in the human jaw. Products may come from animals, human donors, including your own body, and synthetically produced products.

Your body is an amazing thing and can regenerate bone. Once the bone grafting procedure is complete you will need some time to heal. Healing time will depend on the type of surgery and the amount of bone material implanted. Once your body has regenerated bone you will be able to proceed with the balance of your treatment as your jaw will have the support it needs.

What happens during bone grafting? Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic or may suggest alternate medication if you are extremely nervous. The bone grafting material will be placed in your jaw through a small incision made in the gum tissue. You will likely be given anti-inflammatory medications and some pain killers to help you deal with the discomfort. Your dentist will discuss the entire procedure with you prior to you beginning your treatment.

Healing time can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on the amount of work you will have done. Bone grafting procedures are a great way to help you improve the overall health of your jaw and give you options for artificial teeth and implants. Park Meadows Dental wants you to live without restrictions on your diet, so come in for an assessment to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Common side effects of bone grafting surgery include some bruising, swelling, and a small amount of bleeding. You can help your body heal by following the instructions given to you by your dentist. Avoiding foods that are difficult to chew and keeping a solid oral health routine will help your body heal quickly. Your dentist will require you to have follow-up visits to monitor your healing. If you have any questions or concerns during the healing time, always contact us.

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