One dental procedure that you may need at some point in your lifetime is a bone graft. That's why you'll definitely want to know more about this procedure so that you are prepared for what will happen. 

What Is A Bone Graft? 

A bone graft is the process of taking bone material from a donor or another part of your body, and then putting it into your jawbone. It can even be a synthetic material that simulates natural bone. That new bone material is placed within your jawbone and will help your body build more bone in that area. The new bone material actually integrates with the existing material, which makes the jawbone very dense and strong. 

Why Is A Bone Graft Necessary?

Your jawbone needs to be strong enough to withstand the pressure put on it from chewing. A bone graft gives a specific area more stability where you would have a high risk of tooth loss. A bone graft can even be used for those that have tooth loss, and want to place a dental implant into that specific spot. Without the added strength you likely will not be able to get a dental implant. 

People who have a problem with gum disease will have bone material that physically becomes destroyed. A bone graft can help give this area more strength if it is caught early enough, but gum disease can get to the point where a bone graft cannot save the surrounding teeth. 

What Happens When Getting A Bone Graft?

A bone graft is typically done with another dental procedure. For example, if you have a tooth extraction then a bone graft will be done at the same time. The dentist will make an incision in your gums to access the bone that is underneath. The bone graft material will be placed onto the bone that is exposed, and then sealed over with natural tissue.  

How Long Does It Take For A Bone Graft To Heal?

It will take several months for the bone graft to completely heal. Your dentist will take x-rays to check out what the bone density is, and let you know when the gone is ready for a dental implant if you are going to get one. 

What Aftercare Is Required After A Bone Graft?

Your dentist will likely prescribe you pain relief medication and an antibiotic. You'll also need to take specific care to not disrupt the surgical site right after the procedure, which means not using straws or applying pressure to the area. It will also help to ice the area to prevent blood from flowing to it, and in a few days it should start to feel normal. 

Reach out to a local dental office to learn more.