Bone Grafts: An Overview

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If you’ve ever seen a bone graft as an offered service at any kind of dental office, you may have wondered just what a bone graft is. A lot of people are in the dark about what a bone graft entails in the dental world, which is okay, since a bone graft is most commonly needed when a patient has severely poor oral health.

In an effort to help you keep good oral health and understand your options should you experience poor dental health, let’s take a brief overview of what bone grafts are and what you can expect during the procedure.

What is it?
A bone graft procedure is pretty straightforward. When you visit Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery, we will first assess the health and structure of your jaw to see if and what areas may need more bone. We do this before beginning any sort of treatment to ensure that you absolutely need a bone graft before proceeding. During your procedure, Dr. Todd A. Williams will use one of two different grafts: a piece of bone from your own body, or a synthetic graft material. Once the graft is complete, your recovery time may take a few months in order for the graft to become a part of your natural bone.

Why would I need it?
Oftentimes, patients ask us why someone would need a bone graft, particularly in the jaw. The most common reason we perform bone grafts is to restore damaged jaw bones. If you have periodontal (gum) disease or missing teeth, your jawbone can weaken and deteriorate. This can ultimately damage your oral health and function. To help you avoid future problems, or if you are planning on getting a dental implant, you may need a bone graft to make your jawbone strong enough to support the implant post.Otherwise, you may need to choose a different way to replace your lost teeth.

If you have any other questions about bone grafts in Dallas, Texas, or want to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeons, call us today at 214-691-0101. We can’t wait to help you!