There are certain dental procedures that require oral surgery in order to be successfully executed. For patients seeking a dental implant treatment, there must be adequate bone within the jawbone in order to support the implants. In a situation where you lack bone mass in your jaw, you will need a dental bone graft in order to add bone to your jaw before having dental implants placed. Typically, with tooth loss comes loss of bone in the jaw, which could have an impact on the success of the implant procedure.
Bone Graft Procedure& Treatment
In order to determine if a bone graft is needed, a patient will have a panoramic or full mouth X-ray and/or a CT scan. Within this procedure, there are a few options typically offered to each patient, with thorough information provided before a decision is made. Bone grafts can often be accomplished by obtaining bone from inside the mouth. However, some examples of the different options include:
- Using your own bone from another area of your body
- Human cadaver bone
- Animal bone
- Using a donor
- Using synthetic/processed bone materials
Our experienced dentist, Dr. Sharel Sly, can help you make an informed decision on which method you would be comfortable with. Once the procedure is completed, the patient will be given pain medication and antibiotics. Thereafter, it may take four to nine months for the jaw to heal before receiving the dental implant surgery. To learn more about dental bone grafting in Houston, Texas, and to schedule an appointment, contact Hermann Park Smiles at (713) 469-3261 today.