If you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth the bone that supports and surrounds them begins to deteriorate and melt away. Bone grafting reverses this damage, supporting the growth of new healthy bone tissue. At VidaDental in Doral, Florida, experienced dentist Kenia Cuevas, DDS, performs bone grafting on-site on an outpatient basis. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office today.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to repair and rebuild diseased or damaged bones. When you lose permanent teeth, your gums recede and your jawbone deteriorates. Bone grafting can prevent further damage, providing adequate support for oral prosthetics like dental implants.
Dr. Cuevas offers several types of bone grafting, including:
An allograft uses bone material from a human cadaver. Before implantation, this type of graft undergoes cleaning and sterilization at a certified tissue bank.
Xenografts utilize bone material from an animal, like a cow or pig. Like allografts, these grafts undergo thorough cleaning and sterilization before use in a surgical setting.
Autografts use bone from another part of your body, like your ribs, hips, or wrist. Dr. Cuevas rarely uses this type of bone graft because it requires more than one operation.
Synthetic bone grafts use synthetic materials that mimic your body’s natural bone tissue. These materials are safe and well-tolerated and encourage the production of healthy bone tissue.
Dr. Cuevas performs bone grafting surgery on-site. On the day of your procedure, she administers a local anesthetic, numbing your mouth and gums to ensure your comfort. Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Cuevas carefully makes an incision along your gum line to access the bone beneath it.
Afterward, she uses a syringe to inject the grafting material into your bone. Bone grafts come in many forms, including granules, powder, putty, and gel. Once placed, Dr. Cuevas injects L-PRF into the graft site. L-PRF is a bioactive “bandage” created from your own blood that promotes healing.
L-PRF encourages the production of growth factors, speeding up your body’s natural healing process. Following the L-PRF injection, Dr. Cuevas stitches up your gums and sends you home with a list of recovery instructions.
Over the next several months, the graft generates new bone tissue. Once your jaw is strong enough, you return to VidaDental to receive your dental implants.
Following bone grafting, it’s normal to experience some mild pain, swelling, and discomfort. Take any medication as prescribed and avoid brushing or flossing until Dr. Cuevas says it’s OK. If possible, try to quit smoking. Not only is this good for your physical health, but it also lowers your risk of infection and other surgical complications.
To learn more about the benefits of bone grafting, schedule an appointment at VidaDental. Book online, or call the office today.