Bone and tissue grafting can use a variety of natural and synthetic materials to restore tissues that have been lost due to gum disease, missing teeth, and other oral and systemic health conditions.
Conditions like periodontal (gum) disease and dental infections can lead to the loss of bone and soft tissue. Health issues such as diabetes and smoking can contribute to this problem as well. All of these factors can lead to further tooth loss and other health concerns. Bone and tissue grafting can help you regain your oral health by preparing you for reconstructive procedures.
- Prevent further oral health issues
- Enhance facial aesthetics
- Prepare for dental implant reconstruction
- Accellerate healing
- Reduce pain and discomfort
The bone grafting treatment process
There are a variety of tissue grafting options available, and the treatment process can vary from type to type. Your doctor will determine what the best option is for your needs, but here’s what you can likely expect from your procedure:
Diagnosis and treatment planning
The first step in the grafting process is to conduct a thorough evaluation of the your medical history, including your current condition and any pre-existing medical conditions that may impact the success of the graft. A comprehensive physical examination will be conducted, along with imaging tests such as x-rays and CBCT scans to determine the extent of the damage or deterioration of the bone or tissue. Based on the findings of the evaluation, your oral surgeon will develop a treatment plan that outlines the procedure that will be performed, the type of bone or tissue graft that will be used, and the expected outcomes.
Once the treatment plan has been developed, the grafting procedure will be performed. This procedure utilizes a combination of advanced surgical techniques and materials to transplant bone or tissue from one area of the body to another, or to use donor tissue to replace damaged or deteriorated bone or tissue. The grafting material is carefully positioned and secured in place to ensure that it heals properly and integrates with the natural surrounding tissues.
Post-Treatment Care and Follow-up
Following the grafting procedure, patients will need to be vigilant about their post-treatment care to ensure that the graft heals properly and that the new bone or soft tissue develops as it should. This typically involves taking prescribed medications and adhering to a strict follow-up schedule to monitor progress and detect any complications or adverse effects that may arise. Your oral surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the treated area, manage any pain or discomfort, what to expect during recovery, and when to return for follow-up appointments.