Bone Grafting Procedure
Following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma to the mouth, a dental bone graft may become necessary to prepare the jaws for placement of endosteal or dental implants.
A dental bone graft restores the dental bones to their previous form, and may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction.
Dr. Reza Movahed is an expert in providing cutting-edge dental bone graft procedures for patients in the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest, offering the best care before and after the surgical procedure.
Bone Grafts for Dental Implants
To successfully perform a dental implant, strong bones are needed underneath for support and to properly integrate the new implants into the mouth.
Dental bones are incredibly complex, and do not always regenerate like other bones in our bodies. Typically, after tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal, socket walls will fill with bone in a matter of months. However, some areas of the mouth have very thin socket walls, and in cases where a tooth has been missing for years, the existing jawbone may not be adequate to support dental implants. In these instances, a bone graft becomes necessary before a dental implant can be completed.
Dental Bone Graft Techniques
Dr. Movahed is experienced in various dental bone graft techniques including the use and harvest of bone from other accessible anatomical sites in instances where atrophy and loss of bone is severe.
Bone grafting is often done autogenously, utilizing bone obtained from the same patient, while a bone grafting procedure can also be performed with allograft bone from another individual. A synthetic dental bone graft is also an option in many patients. To determine which graft procedure you may need, a thorough examination should be completed by Dr. Movahed.
Bone Grafting Procedure Recovery
Following a bone grafting procedure, it may take several months for the transplanted bone to grow enough to support a dental implant. Bleeding, swelling and pain may occur in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. It is best to avoid strenuous activity and practice good oral hygiene to reduce the risk of an infection. Pain medication is typically prescribed for recovery, and antibiotics may be prescribed to certain patients at risk for developing an infection.
When planning for future implant placement and only minor dental bone grafting is necessary, this can often be done at the same time as the implant placement.
Choose Mid America Oral Surgery and Implant Center For Your Dental Bone Grafting and Implant Procedures
The Mid America Oral Surgery and Implant Center offers the latest in dental bone graft procedures and provides expertise and patient care unrivaled in the Midwest. As always, the first step in a successful surgery is a thorough examination and diagnosis of your condition. Request an appointment with Dr. Movahed today.