10 Tips for Getting Bone Grafting
Jaw bone loss is one of the most significant consequences of missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, the natural stimulation for bone growth, that’s created by the force of teeth chewing no longer occurs. In the first year alone after tooth loss, the width of the bone can reduce by 25 %. Vita Dental Spring would like to share with you more information about bone grafting.
Overview on Bone Grafting
It’s essential to understand that the jaw bone is what holds teeth in place. Generally, if you have a missing a tooth, you definitely would want to replace it with a dental implant or a bridge. With time, it begins to erode slowly, creating a hollow divot in the jaw. A bone grafting procedure replaces the missing bone thus repairing fractures that are very complex.
What Causes Bone Loss
Some of the causes of bone loss include:
The area of the jaw bone is damaged by infections or tumours
Area of the jaw where the teeth are extracted and no grafting procedure implemented
The dental surgeon takes the X-rays of your jawbone before your grafting procedure. A CT Scan may be required as it is more accurate, to measure the exact height and width of the existing bone.
Types of Bone Graft
Also known as alveolar ridge graft, this procedure uses demineralised, sterile human bone granules, packed into the tooth socket immediately after tooth extraction.
The hole covered with a protective collagen membrane, and the socket closed by using dissolvable stitches. Over time, your bone will fill the tooth socket and maintain the bone height long enough for you to have the area restored.
Block Bone Graft
In this case, additional bone from the patient is required if the amount of bone loss is high, and the cowbone material isn’t enough to create a foundation for the dental implant. The area of the missing tooth is cut open with a small incision, and the bone surface prepared. Afterward, the demineralised bone block used to build the area up and fastened in place using titanium screws.
Sinus Graft or Sinus Lift
In this procedure, the dentist performs an operation that adds bone to your upper jaw. He/ she creates a small window in the sinus, to help move the sinus membrane upwards. This small window then forms a cavity that’s filled with cowbone material. On completion, a collagen membrane is then applied to close the graft.
After the Procedure
Patients may experience mild discomfort for a few days and are usually manageable with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.
Avoid touching the affected area
Avoid vigorously spitting or mouth rinsing to prevent bleeding
Use saline based rinse to stop bleeding, or you can use wet tea bags on the sutured area. Tea comprises of tannic acid that aids in blood clotting and prevents further bleeding.
Apply an ice pack or moist heat pack on the part of the face near the swelling to minimise post-operative swelling.
Maintain oral hygiene as usual but brush gently
Bone regeneration and strengthening to benefit both your health and appearance.
Halting a patient’s accelerated bone loss
Bone grafting is amongst the best tooth replacement choice available in cosmetic dentistry
Improving your appearance by restoring lost bone causing you to look younger than you are.
Bone grafting creates new opportunities for better mouth function and a more beautiful smile.
One of the determinant costs of dental bone grafting is the amount of bone material needed and where the source material will come from in addition to the kind of anaesthesia used. Obtaining source bones from another part of the body entails additional cost which then makes the price higher. This factor is the reason why cow bone is used more often by dentists.
Most dental insurances do not cover this procedure as it is considered a cosmetic treatment. However, there are some areas of the process that may be claimed by the insurance. An appointment with Vita Dental Spring is an opportunity to discuss which part is considered functional as opposed to cosmetic.
Risks Involved in Bone Grafting
After any surgical procedure, there is a high risk of infection, and that’s why antibiotics are prescribed. In some cases, the jaw bone may not integrate with the graft. If it happens, the dentist will either stitch a pack over the tear. Or if the rip is too big, the procedure ceases to continue until further notice. There is also the risk of the sinus membrane being torn or punctured during the process.
When to Call a Dentist
After the surgery, call the dentist immediately if you experience the following:
Bleeding doesn’t stop after a day
Pain and swelling worsens
Developing a fever
When sneezing or blowing nose, you feel like the graft has dislodged
Schedule your regular checkups with Vita Dental Spring today and get to know the cosmetic dentistry options available and advice on what is the best option for you.