Bone grafts and other grafting procedures can get your mouth ready for important dental procedures like implants. At Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, have the expertise necessary to place bone grafts and get your tissue as close to its original dimension and position as possible. Call today if you’ve been told dental implants aren’t for you due to inadequate bone, or use the online tool to schedule a consultation.
Grafting procedures are done to restore your tissues to as close to their previous form as possible following tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma. This restores the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw.
During a bone graft, your dentist transplants a piece of your own bone, or bone from a donor, into your jawbone. When it’s applied, your jawbone then builds on this graft to establish a strong, substantial foundation that can support an implant.
Patients who have lost teeth and want a dental implant may be a candidate for a bone graft if they have inadequate bone in their jaw to support the procedure.
As you get older, especially if you have missing teeth, your jawbone atrophies because it’s missing the stimulation required to rebuild and maintain strength. You may be a candidate for a dental implant to replace your missing tooth (or teeth), but the lack of adequate bone structure prevents you from being able to go through with the procedure.
A bone graft allows you to build the necessary bone required to support the metal post for your implant.
A local anesthetic is applied to the area to receive the graft, so you feel no pain during the procedure. The donor bone is then carefully applied to your jawbone. You’re sent home to recover, and after a few months, the graft fuses to your natural bone to create a foundation for dental implants.
The techniques used at Willow Glen Dental Care are the most state-of-the-art and minimally invasive possible, so you experience minimal complications during recovery.
Expect to have minor swelling, bruising, or bleeding in the area that received the graft. During the first few days of your recovery, you’re placed on a liquid or soft foods diet. The team at Willow Glen Dental Care provides comprehensive care instructions so you can take care of your oral health following a bone graft.
If you’ve been told you’re ineligible for dental implants due to inadequate bone, call Willow Glen Dental Care to learn how a bone graft can help you. Alternatively, use the online tool to schedule your appointment.