A bone graft is a special procedure designed to strengthen your jaw bone. Many people get bone grafts in preparation for a dental implant. Their jaw has been weakened over time due to tooth loss or age and will not support it without a graft. Others may have suffered from injuries or disease.
Modern bone grafting is relatively painless and minimally invasive. We will begin with a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once we are certain you won’t feel a thing, we will make an incision in your gum tissue and then attach the bone graft material to the exposed bone. The bone graft material may come from another part of your body, such as your chin, or from a cadaver. It will have added collagen and growth-promoting proteins which will help it adjust and meld with your jaw. We will then stitch your gum tissue closed.
Over time, new bone will grow over the graft material and absorb it. This can take anywhere from three weeks to nine months to heal depending on the extensiveness of the procedure and the condition of your jawbone. After that, we will be able to place a dental implant in your jaw.
If you have questions about your upcoming bone graft or are interested in having such a procedure, you can call Periodontal and Implant Esthetics in Tampa, Florida to arrange an appointment with our oral surgeon, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz or simply talk to a member of our friendly staff. We’re here to help!