Harmony Dental Care Explains Dental Implants and Bone Grafting 

Harmony Dental Care Explains Dental Implants and Bone Grafting 

Bad oral hygiene routine and eating habits are the major reasons for increasing tooth decay in people. If you do not clean your oral cavity carefully, you will need a dentist in Oshawa soon. Cleaning procedures are the most popular solution for cavities and dental infections. Most people have a misconception that root canal therapy is the answer to every dental or gum infection. Be sure that some infections spread deep into the teeth and there is no chance of saving them.

These severe conditions require a dental implant. The term surgery frightens most of the patient and they demand RCT. You should know that not every dental infection can be treated with the same procedure. Dental implants are also an option. With dental implants, there is another surgical method often complementary to implants. This complementary method is bone grafting. Bone graft for a dental implant is not advised to every patient. There are some special conditions where it becomes mandatory.

What Is an Implant?

The tooth you have lost to decay or infection needs a replacement. This replacement has been made possible by restorative dentistry. Dental implant is a procedure in which an artificial tooth made up of porcelain or composite material is adjusted on the jawbone.

What is Bone Grafting?

Jawbone must have sufficient space for an implant to fit in. What if your jaw does not have space for a false tooth to be installed? This is where bone graft surgery steps in. Space on your jawbone is purposely or surgically created so that an implant can be installed.

Bone Grafting Types

Dental bone graft has different types because there are different conditions of the jawbone. Here are a few types of bone grafts commonly practiced.

Width Increase Graft

If your jaw has pointed or knife-like end, it needs a lateral expansion. The grafting procedure followed for this expansion or increase of the bone is called width expansion graft.

Height Increase Graft

Sometimes the height of the bone is not sufficient for implants. After extraction of the dead tooth, the grafting procedure for increasing height of the jawbone is recognized as height increase graft.

Sinus Lift Graft

Patients may have no jawbone space at all. It means they do not have little space to perform a grafting procedure to increase the space. This is where your dentist will lift the maxillary bone for generating some space for the implant. This kind of grafting method is called sinus lift surgery.

Bone Augmentation

Bigger problems of the jawbone call for bone augmentation. The alveolar nerves may have some placement issue that needs a shift first. Shifting the alveolar nerve is possible through bone augmentation,

Microvascular Graft

Grafted area may lack blood. To improve the blood flow of the surgical area, microvascular grafting procedure is performed.

Bone Grafting Procedure

Dental bone graft has the following steps. Give them a read for a better understanding of the process.

First, your dentist will follow some routine checkups and discuss your medical history. He or she will discuss the entire procedure with you. The dentist will also examine the surgical sites. One is the donor site from which the bone is taken. The other site is recipient site which receives the bone.

Second, your dentist will anesthetize you to start the procedure once everything has been discussed. The donor site will be chosen and bone will be extracted. This piece of bone will be surgically implanted into the recipient site.

Lastly, you will be allowed to heal completely. After healing, the dental implant procedure will be performed. The grafted site tales months to recover. Do not rush for the implant. Your graft must heal completely.

Aftercare Tips for the Patients

Getting a bone graft tooth sounds tough and painful but it becomes mandatory in some situations. Here are some aftercare tips that might help you.

  • Do not put pressure on the grafted site.
  • Brush twice a day but with a softer and slower manner.
  • Do not chew hard food items from the grafted site.
  • Visit your dentist immediately if the surgical site bleeds or the swelling does not wear off.

Getting a bone graft is not easy but has benefits as well. Visit our clinic to get the bone graft procedure with complete care and professionalism.

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