After a tooth is lost, the jaw begins to naturally deteriorate. Without the tooth root to provide stimulation, the bone is reabsorbed by the body. While this process isn’t immediate, in as little as a year after tooth loss, the jaw may no longer be stable enough for a dental implant.
Bone grafting is a vital solution to the problem of a deteriorating jaw. By using a synthetic compound or a small sample of bone from another part of the body or a donor, the doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can help rebuild the jaws of patients in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake areas so that they can successfully have dental implants to restore their smiles.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure performed by our doctors that allows them to rebuild the jawbone so it’s strong and sturdy. When bone or synthetic tissue is placed in the deficient area of the jaw, it will eventually bond with the jawbone, creating a more solid base. In addition, it stimulates the jaw to produce more tissue. The overall effect is a jaw that is thicker and a much better fit for dental implants.
Types of Bone Grafts
Overall, there are a few different types of bone grafts that patients in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake area can benefit from. Before deciding which bone graft to go with, our doctors will perform a thorough examination of each patient’s mouth to help choose the perfect bone enhancement solution. The four main types of bone grafts include autografts, allografts, xenografts, and alloplasts.
Each type of bone graft does have distinct advantages and disadvantages, which is something our doctors will go over in the initial consultation with the patient.
Bone grafts that use bone from the patient. This bone is usually taken from another part of the jaw or the hip.
Bone grafts that use bone from a human donor. They’re a good option if the patient is not healthy enough to donate their own bone.
Bone grafts that are taken from another animal. In most cases, the bone is harvested from cows.
Bone grafts that are created out of synthetic materials. These usually contain hydroxyapatite, phosphorous, and calcium.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
There are numerous benefits of bone grafting in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake area patients. While our doctors will go over the individual benefits of the procedure for each patient, some of the advantages patients can expect include:
- Preservation of surrounding teeth. If too much bone is lost, nearby teeth might become loose and eventually fall out.
- Preservation of the facial structure. Over time, excessive bone loss can cause a droopy profile and ill-defined jawline that drastically alters how a person looks.
- Improved ability to eat and speak. As bone deteriorates and the gums start to lose their ridge, it can become harder to chew and pronounce words effectively. Bone grafting corrects these issues.
- Stable base for dental implants. The main benefit of bone grafting is that it readies the jaw for dental implants. Patients will be able to have a long-lasting solution for their tooth loss.
- Repairs defects of the jaw. For patients who have suffered from problems in the jaw from trauma, surgery, or congenital defects, bone grafts can correct these issues.
What Happens During Bone Grafting?
All bone grafting procedures happen at our doctors’ Virginia Beach and Chesapeake offices, making it convenient for patients in the area. In most cases, patients only require local anesthesia, but oral or IV sedatives can be used upon request.
Once the patient is comfortable, one of our doctors will make a small incision in the gums. This allows them to access the bone underneath and ensure the graft goes in the correct place. They’ll gently peel away the gum tissue and then place the bone graft in the correct spot. Once the bone is secure, they’ll close the gums, and the procedure will be over.
It will take a few months for the patient’s jaw to stimulate the production of new bone. During this time, patients can eat and drink as usual with no restrictions. Once the healing is complete, patients will be ready for dental implants or other procedures.
Choose Bone Grafting From Our Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Area Doctors
For patients in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake areas who are suffering from bone loss, bone grafting from our experienced doctors can help. Each of them has years of experience helping area patients achieve the bright and beautiful smiles they’ve always yearned for.