With age, bone mass in the jaw tends to decrease, meaning its thickness and width diminish. Other factors such as gum diseases, smoking or the loss of a tooth or many teeth can intensify this phenomenon. Indeed, when a natural tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer stimulated by the presence of the root of a tooth. This causes a tendency for the jawbone to resorb slowly, meaning its volume decreases.
Bone grafting becomes necessary for patients wanting one or many dental implants to replace their teeth but whose bone mass is not sufficient to support an implant adequately.
Groupe dentaire API’s general practice dentists carry out bone grafts in ultra-modern offices and cutting edge surgical tools in Laval and Mascouche.
Will I Need a Bone Graft?
If you want one or several dental implants, your dentist will determine if a bone graft is necessary in your case. To determine this, the dentist will make a thorough oral exam in which your oral health will be assessed as well the quality of the bone mass in the dedicated area of your jaw where the implant will be placed.
Your dentist will first have to examine your teeth and gums because the presence of any problems or particular condition must be considered to plan the graft. Then, the dentist will take different types of X-rays to assess more accurately the quality, thickness and depth of the bone.
Bone Grafting Procedure
First, there are many types of grafts. These may come from the patient, an external donor or be synthetic.
The bone grafting process takes many months but the procedure itself is rather simple:
- The dentist administers local anesthesia to the grafting area;
- The dentist makes an incision to prepare the area and grafts bone tissue;
- The graft is covered in a synthetic member to isolate it and keep it in place while stimulating bone growth;
- The dentist offers postoperative advice to the patient and can prescribe medicine to prevent infection as well as diminish the edema and pain.
Adding this graft in the jaw allows the increase of bone mass so that the future implant can firmly hold into place.
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Nonetheless, do not forget that only a dentist, a specialist in your oral health,
is able to make an accurate diagnosis, so book an appointment!