Bone Grafting in Aurora, IL

We offer bone grafting in Aurora, IL, for patients with weakened or missing jawbone structures. The procedure is designed to restore the health and strength of the jawbone so that it can support dental implants. It is a safe and effective method of rebuilding the jawbone and offers many benefits for patients who are missing teeth.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting, also known as bone augmentation, is a surgical procedure used to rebuild weakened or missing jawbone structures. It involves the use of donor bone material, either from the patient or from an outside source (bone bank), which is placed onto the jawbone and secured with plates, screws, or other special materials. The grafted bone material helps to strengthen and support the surrounding tissue while also encouraging natural bone growth.

Minor bone grafting and ridge expansion are two different types of bone graft techniques used to restore a healthy jawbone structure. Minor bone graft procedure uses small amounts of donor bone material, usually taken from the patient’s own body, to fill in weakened or missing areas of the jawbone. It can also be used to repair fractures or improve the strength of an existing jawbone structure.

A ridge expansion is a more involved procedure that involves the use of more donor material. It is used to increase the width of a narrow jawbone, allowing for better support and stability for dental implants.

Reasons for a Dental Bone Graft Procedure

1. Dental Implant Surgery

Implant treatments often require additional procedures such as sinus lifts and bone grafts to ensure that the implant is placed firmly and securely. Bone augmentation is often necessary for patients with weakened jawbone structures due to periodontal disease, as it provides a strong foundation for dental implants to be attached.

2. To Prevent Future Bone Loss

When teeth are missing due to damage or gum disease, the jawbone structure can begin to deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from the missing tooth roots. This can lead to further weakening of the jawbone over time and make it difficult to place implants in the future. By performing a bone graft procedure, the jawbone can be strengthened and stabilized to help prevent further bone loss.

3. To Improve Facial Appearance

Bone augmentation can also help improve facial structure by restoring the natural contours of the face that may have been lost due to missing teeth or bone deterioration. The procedure helps to fill in any gaps and sunken areas, giving the face a more balanced and symmetrical look.

What to Expect During a Bone Graft Procedure

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that can take up to several hours, depending on the complexity of the case. The procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, and patients are usually able to go home the same day with minimal discomfort.

First, our dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum tissue to access the jawbone. Then, the grafting material is placed onto the affected area and secured with plates, screws, or other special materials. The incision may then be sutured closed to help promote healing.

Following the procedure, you will likely experience some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with pain medication. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for several weeks while your jawbone heals properly. You should also avoid brushing or flossing near the site of the graft to help minimize the risk of infection.

Schedule a Consultation at Our Dental Office Today!

Our dental team strives to provide the highest quality of care and results. If you would like more information about bone grafting in Aurora, IL or any of our other restorative dentistry services, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!