At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we offer a range of services to help patients achieve optimal oral health. One of the services we specialize in is bone grafting, a procedure that can be crucial for restoring oral health and functionality.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone material from one part of the body or from a donor source and transplanting it to the jawbone. This is often necessary when the jawbone has deteriorated due to tooth loss, gum disease, or other issues. Bone grafting helps to restore the jawbone's shape, strength, and density, providing a solid foundation for dental implants or other restorative procedures.
Types of Bone Grafting
There are several types of bone grafting procedures that can be performed, depending on the patient's individual needs:
- Autogenous bone grafting: This involves taking bone material from another part of the patient's body, such as the hip, and transplanting it to the jawbone.
- Allogenic bone grafting: This involves taking bone material from a donor source, such as a bone bank, and transplanting it to the jawbone.
- Xenogenic bone grafting: This involves taking bone material from an animal source, such as a cow, and transplanting it to the jawbone.
- Synthetic bone grafting: This involves using synthetic materials to replace missing bone tissue.
The type of bone grafting procedure recommended at AZOMS will depend on the individual patient's needs and circumstances.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
The bone grafting procedure typically involves multiple appointments. During the first appointment, our oral surgeons will assess the patient's jawbone and determine if bone grafting is necessary. If bone grafting is recommended, a treatment plan will be developed, which may involve one or more surgical procedures.
During the procedure, the oral surgeon will create an incision in the gum tissue and place the bone material into the jawbone. The incision will then be closed with sutures, and the patient will be given instructions on how to care for the surgical site.
Post-Op Recovery Process
Recovery time from bone grafting can vary depending on the type of procedure and the individual patient's circumstances. Patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the days following the procedure. Our team will provide detailed instructions on post-operative care, including medication management, dietary restrictions, and oral hygiene practices.
Over time, the transplanted bone material will fuse with the existing jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for restorative procedures such as dental implants.
Trust Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for Your Bone Grafting Needs
If you're experiencing tooth loss or other issues that have led to jawbone deterioration, bone grafting may be necessary to restore oral health and functionality. At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our team of experienced oral surgeons is here to help. We offer a range of bone grafting procedures to meet your unique needs, and we'll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that provides the best possible outcome.
To learn more about bone grafting and our other oral surgery services, contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient Arizona locations in Tucson, Oro Valley, or Sahuarita.