Are you are missing a tooth? Do you have periodontal disease? Is your jaw too weak for a dental implant or even to support your daily needs? It may be time for a bone graft. If this option has been recommended to you or you just want to know more, here are a few FAQs:
What is a bone graft?
Usually when dentists, periodontists or oral surgeons talk about bone grafts, they are referring to the jawbone A jawbone graft is a type of surgery in which a portion of bone is spliced onto one’s jawbone so as to enhance its strength.
Where does the bone come from?
Many periodontists and oral surgeons use bovine bone (i.e. cow bone) to graft onto the jawbone, but here at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants in Orlando, Florida, we prefer to use your own bone if at all possible, as your body is much more likely to accept these cells and adapt after the surgery. We also have access to artificial bone material and bone fragments from tissue banks if needed.
How long can I wait before my dental implant?
It depends on how extensive the graft is. Major grafts may need a few months to fully unite with your original jaw to the point where it can support the implant. For a minor graft, you might be able to get the dental implant at the same time or shortly after your bone graft. Dr. Ryan Mendro can give you a more personalized estimate.
To learn more, call us at 407-378-0877.