Patients who have lost a significant amount of bone in the jawbone as a result of prolonged tooth loss are more often than not poor candidates for any type of dental implants. In an effort to increase the number of patients that are able to receive dental implants, dental bone graft procedures have been developed that increase the amount of high quality bone in the jaw. Dr. Micheal Alsouss at AMA Dental is now able to use this procedure to help patients who previously were unable to choose these sorts of procedures.
The Dental Bone Graft Procedure
Bone is taken from another area of the patient, usually the chin, and grafted into the area that is to receive the dental implant. In some cases, bone can also be replaced with cadaver bone, or a synthetic substitute can also be used. The purpose of placing the dental bone graft into the area of missing bone is to not only replace missing bone but also to encourage new bone growth in the area. This creates a strong anchor for dental implants to be placed in.
The dental bone graft procedure is typically done in the office, under intravenous sedation. In addition, Dr. Micheal Alsouss may also use a local anesthetic at both the area of the bone graft and the site from which the bone will be taken. If the bone is to be taken from the chin, a block of bone will be removed from the chin and will be anchored in place with tiny titanium screws. Your bone marrow and other types of bone-graft material are then placed around the edges of the piece of bone. Finally, a small piece of membrane may be placed over the graft site and then the gums are closed back up.
Recovery from Dental Bone Graft Procedures
Once the dental bone graft procedure is completed the patient is sent home with antibiotics and pain medication. Patients may also be given an antibacterial mouthwash and asked to avoid certain types of foods. The doctor will also advise patients to not put any pressure such as chewing on the area while it is healing. Total healing from a bone graft is about six to nine months, at which time the screws will be removed and work on dental implants may begin.
To Learn More About Dental Bone Graft Procedures
If you have ever been told that you are not a good candidate for dental implants and would like to learn more about dental bone grafts it might be time to contact AMA Dental and make an appointment to speak with Dr. Micheal Alsouss about the procedure. Dr. Alsouss can go over your options and help you decide if a dental bone graft is the best option for you. Call AMA Dental today at (216) 351-5500 to make an appointment.