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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Dental Bone Graft Procedure
Think that you might be in need of bone graft? If so, then it is a good idea to understand the process so you know exactly what to expect and be more likely to experience success. You have an important role after you have undergone a bone grafting procedure, as this type of oral surgery only takes an hour or two, but the healing process can take many months.
Reasons bone grafting is necessary
Wondering why a dental bone graft is necessary? There are a few different reasons someone would need to undergo a bone grafting procedure in order to improve their overall good oral health. One common reason is that someone has chosen a dental implant as a tooth replacement option but does not have a sufficient amount of jawbone. Another reason is to help straighten crooked teeth when one or more teeth start to move out of place due to bone loss.
A step-by-step guide to the dental bone graft procedure
The following information is a guide to help patients understand what happens before, during and after a dental bone graft procedure.
Before a patient undergoes a bone grafting procedure, it is important to make sure the anesthesia being used is right for them. It is also important to choose the most ideal type of bone grafting material. Patients should also know whether they can take certain medications before the procedure. It may be necessary for some patients to undergo additional tests in order to provide the dental professional with more information, e.g., X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc. Wearing comfortable clothing and removing all jewelry may also be necessary, as well as arranging for a ride home after the procedure is over.
During the procedure, the dental professional makes a small incision in the gum line where the bone graft will be placed. The next step is inserting the bone grafting material, which will be strategically placed in order to expect ideal results. Sometimes it is necessary to hold the bone grafting material in place using special dental screws. Once everything is in its proper place, the incision will be closed and the procedure is over. According to John Hopkins Medicine, the details of any bone grafting surgery will vary according to the reason for the surgery.
After the procedure has been completed, it is important for patients to carefully follow all instructions provided by the dental professional. Patients can take over-the-counter pain medication or ask the dental professional for a prescription. Soft foods will need to be eaten for a few days, and resting for a short period of time is essential to successful healing. Smokers are encouraged not to smoke during this time, as it will impede the healing process.
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