If you are missing teeth and considering dental implants, you may require a bone graft before placing implants. Bone grafting builds up the areas in the jawbone that have lost strength and thickness as a side effect of tooth loss.
Am I a candidate for a bone graft?
If you would like to get dental implants, but your jawbone has deteriorated due to missing teeth, you will likely require a bone graft before the placement of your dental implants. The best candidates for dental bone grafting in North Scottsdale are those who are in good dental health and able to handle oral surgery. Oral surgery is generally very safe, but any conditions which could make it a risk will be ruled out by Dr. Kuerschner before your procedure.
What is the recovery for dental bone grafting procedure?
After dental bone grafting in Cave Creek, a small amount of discomfort, such as swelling is expected. Most patients will experience minor side effects that will dissipate on their own. The final placement of dental implants will not be allowed until the soft tissue of the jaw and gums has healed completely. This will often take several months. You will be instructed to eat mainly soft foods and avoid very crunchy foods that could damage the soft tissue. In addition, it is advised that you do not use straws after the procedure as, in some cases, it can dislodge the bone graft. You will be given a special mouthwash to keep the area clean and antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent any infection.
Where does the bone for the bone graft come from?
In some cases, the patient’s bone can be sourced from another area. Other options include bone sourced from a donor or a synthetic bone graft.