Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in dentistry that helps promote jaw health. Ideally, bone grafting in Houston helps restore deteriorating jawbone that may eventually compromise teeth and gum health.
A bone grafting procedure entails placing new bone tissue in the affected area of the jawbone to foster the osseointegration process. The goal of this process is to allow the body to heal itself by integrating the new bone tissue into the old one to form a healthy jawbone.
First, your dentist has to harvest a bone graft from your body. It happens in a different part of your mouth or the body. Alternatively, you can receive a synthetic bone graft or one from a human donor.
The dentist will make a small cut on your gums to expose the bone tissue underneath. Afterward, he will identify the thinning portion of the jawbone for restoration. Then the dentist will place the bone graft in the socket of the lost tooth, then cover it with mesh tissue. The last part of the treatment entails suturing the gums to cover the jawbone and prompt the healing process.
Technically, every surgical procedure will introduce a level of pain in your mouth. Fortunately, you will not feel any discomfort or pain during a bone grafting procedure thanks to anesthesia and sedation dentistry.
They are medications that numb your mouth and keep you relaxed and calm during your surgical procedure.
Besides, after your treatment, the dentist will prescribe pain medicine to help you suppress the discomfort during the first few days of recovery.
Anyone can undergo bone grafting surgery at their preferred time in life. However, at Mi Casa Dental, we also encourage our patients to undergo treatment soon after tooth extraction. It minimizes the repetitive invasion of the different procedures involved during the period. Therefore, instead of a tooth extraction and bone grafting surgery happening as different procedures, you can go through the process on the same day. We recommend this mode of treatment to patients who desire to replace their lost teeth sooner than later.
Besides, bone grafting surgery is necessary for patients that have suffered an advanced level of gum disease. This oral infection spreads significantly in your mouth, damaging the gums and bone tissue. Our dental team often recommends bone grafting as one of the treatment protocols for periodontitis.
Although bone grafting is an invasive surgical procedure, it is necessary for promoting oral health. A healthy jawbone almost always translates to a healthy mouth. If you have further questions about the treatment, visit a dentist near you for more information.