Getting dental implants requires having a strong, sturdy jawbone. But what if your jawbone is too thin or weak to support implants? Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, frequently performs safe bone grafting procedures to bolster jawbones. By grafting bone-like material onto your jawbone, Dr. Dyer can strengthen the bone so that implants can be safely inserted to support natural-looking prosthetic teeth. Are you interested in how bone grafting can help you transform your smile? Call the Cypress, Texas, office today or schedule a consultation online.
Bone grafting refers to a special type of dental procedure that involves strengthening your jawbone.
Some people have weak or thin jawbones that can’t support oral restorations, such as dental implants. By undergoing a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Dyer can significantly bolster the bone and provide you with more options.
If you’re considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, which is the most natural looking and feeling restoration option, you need a strong jawbone to support implants.
Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone where they fuse naturally to the bone. If your jawbone is too thin or weak, you can’t get implants.
However, a bone grafting procedure can change all of that. It may be necessary if your jawbone isn’t sufficient for supporting implants.
Bone grafting may also be done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Dr. Dyer may also recommend a grafting procedure to maintain bone structure after a tooth extraction.
Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure that Dr. Dyer performs in the office. He uses a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you.
First, he creates an incision in your gum line to gain access to the bone beneath it. Then, he carefully adds the bone-like grafting material. In most cases, this grafting material is processed bone minerals around which your body will actually deposit new bone cells.
Any discomfort you have following the procedure should only last a day or two. Dr. Dyer may prescribe pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication.
Over the next several months, your body will replace the graft material with its own bone, restoring lost bone or adding volume and density to your jawbone.
Yes, bone grafting is a very simple, safe procedure that Dr. Dyer performs regularly. As is the case with all medical procedures, there are some potential risks, including infection, bleeding, and some minor pain.
However, these risks are minimal, and any lingering pain should subside quickly on its own. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Dyer will thoroughly explain the procedure specifics to you and address any concerns you have.
To learn more about bone grafting and to see if it may be right for you, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.