The loss of a tooth is often accompanied by the loss of bone tissue. This can lead to a number of unwanted effects, including changes to the facial appearance as well as ineligibility for dental implants. The good news for patients experiencing bone loss is that the issue can be addressed surgically via a procedure known as the bone graft. This surgical intervention allows new bone tissue to be regenerated along the jaw.
At Valley OMS, our doctors have ample experience in performing bone grafts for patients throughout Texas. Contact us to set up a consultation if you believe you need a bone graft or if you have been told you cannot get dental implants due to inadequate bone tissue.
“Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed.”
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a fairly straightforward surgical procedure that is meant to address lost or degraded bone matter, typically in the jaw. Many of these are performed every day at VOMS.
Generally, your oral surgeon will make a small incision to expose the jaw bone, then add new bone material to it. The bone graft will trigger the development of healthy new tissue. In other words, your body will begin growing new bone right where you need it the most.
Do I Need a Bone Graft?
Most of the patients we see for bone grafting have either had teeth extracted or have lost teeth to disease or decay.
An important thing to understand is that your jawbone needs regular stimulation, which it receives from the tooth roots. However, if you no longer have teeth in place to create that stimulation, the bone itself may start to deteriorate. This can lead to a sunken or hollow facial appearance.
Teeth that are surgically extracted can sometimes cause bone loss. However, Valley OMS uses a pioneering extraction method that minimizes the removal of any bone tissue.
While the loss of bone mass from a single tooth may be hard to detect, losing multiple teeth and failing to replace them in a timely manner can lead to significant changes to the face. This is one of the easiest ways to know that you require a bone graft. Additionally, we treat many patients who have been told by other providers that they do not have sufficient bone material for a dental implant procedure. We provide these patients with hope and with total dental restoration, typically beginning with a bone graft.
“The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants.”
Meet Your Oral Surgeons
At Valley OMS, we boast a team of well-regarded oral surgeons who are committed to patient comfort, safety, and wellbeing. It is deeply satisfying for us to restore our patients to full health and regular dental functionality, something that often involves a bone graft. To learn more about our individual doctors, we welcome you to read more about them.
Prepare for Dental Restoration with a Bone Graft
Without adequate bone tissue, you may not be eligible for dental implants. The good news is that bone can be generated using a simple surgical intervention known as the bone graft. Our doctors have extensive experience in bone grafting and are ready to tell you more about the procedure. Get additional details about bone grafting today.
What to Expect from a Bone Graft
While the specifics of the bone grafting procedure can vary from patient to patient, you can anticipate that the surgery will take from 15 minutes (socket graft) to two hours at the most. In some situations, we may be able to perform a bone graft at the same time that we put a dental implant in place.
The comfort of our patients is a top priority, which is why our practice offers a range of anesthesia options. Your doctor will walk you through the anesthesia methods and recommend an option that will ensure a comfortable experience.
Recovery from a Bone Graft
While the recovery timeline can vary depending on the patient, most people who have a bone graft feel back to normal within a few days to one week. The recovery period is often accompanied by some mild pain and swelling, which can be managed with ice packs or over-the-counter pain remedies. We can also offer prescription pain management options, though many patients do not require them. Antibiotics will be prescribed for you as well.
Following your bone graft, you will want to initially stick to soft foods and liquids, gradually returning to a normal diet over the course of five to seven days. We would especially advise our patients to steer clear of any foods that are sticky or crunchy.
Get a Bone Graft from Valley OMS
Tooth loss can come with some unfortunate side effects, including the degradation of bone. Lost bone matter can be restored via a simple surgery, allowing you to regain your normal facial appearance and also to experience the full restoration of dental implants. To learn more about the bone grafting process, we invite you to contact Valley OMS to schedule a consultation.
To schedule a bone grafting consultation, contact any of our offices in Texas.