Bone grafting has the ability to improve bone quality and quantity, which can enhance oral and maxillofacial surgery outcomes. It is important to have sufficient bone available to securely hold dental implants in place and maintain facial structure. Advances in treatment have enabled the oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Keystone OMS to grow bone where needed using bone grafting material harvested from your own bone or using synthetic materials. The new bone fuses with existing bone creating a strong, durable foundation.
What to Expect During a Bone Graft
Dr. Clemenza will prepare the recommended bone graft material, and anesthesia will be administered to numb the surgical site and keep you comfortable and relaxed. A small incision is made in the gum to expose the bone, and the graft material is added. The gums are sutured closed to keep the bone graft in place and protect it during healing.
Comfort and Recovery After Your Treatment
Bone grafting is a very common procedure performed in conjunction with dental implants, and the procedure has high success rates. You may experience slight swelling or soreness where the incision was made, but that should resolve in a few days as the site heals. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and applying an ice pack to your cheek is often enough to manage any discomfort. You may notice small bone fragments similar to grains of sand coming from the site, but that is normal.
The Bone Grafting Results
Dr. Clemenza will monitor your recovery, but it typically takes several months for the bone graft to fully heal and for new bone to grow and harden. You should not feel any discomfort during this process because it all happens below the gums. Dental implant surgery can be performed once the new bone is strong enough to support the implants.
Contact Us for Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is an effective way to prepare your jaw for dental implants in order to restore your smile. Do not let bone loss take a toll on your oral health or keep you from getting the treatment you desire. Contact Keystone OMS Hermitage online or at (724) 981-8884 to schedule a consultation.