Bone Grafting in Aurora, IL
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
3. To Improve Facial Appearance
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.