What Is a Bone Graft?
Bone graft is a procedure that replaces lost bone with donor material from another source. Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Wolfe can use bone grafts from another part of your body, another human, an animal, or a synthetic source. The bone graft material is purified and refined so it’s safe and ready for your body to use. Your body will incorporate the new material so it becomes new bone for you.
The new bone will help support your natural teeth and/or dental implants.
Who Is a Candidate for a Bone Graft?
To be a candidate for a bone graft, you must have lost bone due to:
- Gum disease
- Atrophy after lost teeth
If you lost bone due to gum disease, Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Wolfe will make sure the gum disease is resolved before starting the bone graft procedure.
During your bone graft consultation, Dr. Wolfe will talk to you about your goals. Together you will decide if a bone graft is the best way to achieve your goals. In some cases, specially engineered dental implants and restorations like All-On-4 implant bridges can eliminate the need for a bone graft.
A bone graft is a short procedure, but the recovery time can be long. It takes time for bone to grow. It will be several months before the bone is fully healed. Good candidates for a bone graft are committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups during the recovery period.
Bone Grafting Procedure
If you are having a bone graft with your own donor bone, you will need a procedure to “harvest” the graft material. Rochester Hills dentist Dr. Wolfe can perform that procedure in his office or you can have it done at another site. In any case, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so there is little to no discomfort during the procedure.
In the graft procedure, Dr. Wolfe will use an incision to open your gums and access the site where the graft goes. The bone graft is put in place near the natural teeth it will be supporting. If a bone graft is intended to support a dental implant, it can be placed when the implant is or it can be placed in advance and allowed to heal before the implant is placed.
Once the graft is placed, Dr. Wolfe will close the incision. He will give you aftercare instructions to help the graft heal.
Considering Bone Grafting in Rochester Hills?
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