Professional Bone Grafting in Somerville, MA

Whenever you get facial injuries, especially in the jaw area, make sure you don’t shrug it off as it may be fractured. After you get it checked and the doctors find out you have a jaw fracture, they will usually recommend bone grafting to bring it back to its healthy state. This type of dental procedure is also vital if you want dental implants but have bone loss in your jaw.

At Smile Dental Group, we’ll ensure your bone grafting procedure is successful. We always want to ensure patients undergo a stress-free bone grafting procedure because it can be scary for first-time patients. Fortunately, our friendly and caring staff is here to assist and make you comfortable.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting in dentistry is a surgical procedure that builds up your jaw bone to support a dental implant. This process involves transplanting bone tissue, and over time, the transplanted bone merges with the patient’s existing bone, creating a stronger and larger platform for the implant.

There are several ways that dental surgeons can source bone tissue: it may come from another area of the patient’s body, such as the chin or hip (autograft), a cadaver or a cow (allograft or xenograft), or a special, processed bone mineral substitute may be used (alloplasty).

What Is the Bone Grafting Process?

1. Initial Consultation and Examination.

The first step involves fully examining the patient’s mouth and jawbone to assess the need for bone grafting. This may include X-rays or CT scans for a detailed view of the jawbone’s condition.

2. Choosing the Source of the Bone Graft

Depending on the patient’s specific needs and condition, the dental surgeon chooses the most suitable source of bone for the graft.

3. Preparation for Surgery

Once the dentist determines the source of the bone graft, the patient is prepared for surgery. This step may include administering anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure.

4. Harvesting the Bone (if necessary)

If the bone is sourced from the patient’s body, a separate procedure will be conducted to harvest the bone, typically from the chin, hip, or tibia.

5. Bone Grafting Procedure

The surgeon makes an incision in the gum to expose the bone that requires augmentation and then carefully places the bone graft material onto the area that needs rebuilding. 

6. Securing the Graft

The graft will be held in place with screws or another stabilizing mechanism to ensure it remains in the correct position while it integrates with the existing bone.

7. Closure and Healing

The incision is stitched closed, giving the area time to heal. Over the next months, the transplanted bone will merge with the patient’s existing bone, creating a more solid foundation.

8. Follow-Up Visits

After the surgery, you will go through follow-up visits to monitor your healing process and ensure the graft is integrating well with the natural bone.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Overdentures

You need to prepare for a bone grafting treatment to ensure the procedure goes smoothly and improves your recovery period. Here are some steps you should consider before undergoing a bone grafting treatment:
  • Medication Review. Discuss all the medications and supplements you’re currently taking with your dentist. You may need to stop taking some before surgery.

  • Fasting. If you’re going to be under general anesthesia, you may need to fast for a certain period before the procedure. Understand the instructions provided by your dentist or surgeon.

  • Arrange for Transportation. It would help if you had someone to drive you to and from the surgery since you’ll likely be under the influence of anesthesia.

  • Prepare Your Home for Recovery. Stock up on soft foods and pain relievers approved by your dentist. Make a comfortable resting area to relax during the first few days of recovery.

  • Post-Procedure Care Kit. Get a cold pack to reduce swelling and antibacterial mouthwash to help keep the graft site clean.

  • Emergency Contact List. Ensure you have a list of contact numbers ready in case you need assistance or have an urgent question post-surgery.

Expert Bone Grafting Procedures at Smile Dental Group

You will never experience fear or anxiety whenever you visit Smile Dental Group because we always focus on making our patients feel safe and knowledgeable about bone grafting treatment. Once we finish the procedure, you will be one step closer to having the bright and healthy smile you’ve wanted.

Contact our dental office to schedule an appointment and talk with our dental professionals.

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