Bone Grafting consists in replacing missing mandibular bone of a patient who had suffered bone loss, which occurs after teeth loss, being irreversible and impeding implant.
This treatment increases bone height and thickness, improving the aesthetic look, and allows the mouth to gather the necessary conditions to fix the dental prosthetics.
When to make a bone grafting?
This procedure is performed in cases of bone fracture, in pseudoarthroses treatments or periodontitis and in odontology cases, as the case of bone restructuration to introduce implants. This treatment is only performed in extreme cases.
How is the procedure done?
Bone grafting is made from a bone either from the patient or by donation, or by synthetic materials that stimulate human bone production – a less invasive solution.
The treatment is painless, under anaesthesia, quick and secure.
According to the used technic, stitches will be removed 4 to 7 days after surgery. The following step is recovery and bone integration: implants are placed and a provisional suitable prosthetics is fixed. Full recovery will take 6 to 8 months. After this time, provisional prosthetics is replace for the definitive one and then the patient is completely recovered.
Cares to have after surgery
It is important to follow doctor indications related to the treated tooth, as these influence greatly the procedures result. To an efficient recovery, along with prescribed medication, there are some cares to pay attention to:
- Illiquid and cold meals during 24 hours. Avoid drinking liquids through straws as not to pressure the area;
- Light and smooth hygiene at the treated area;
- Rest for 24 hours, physical exercise should be avoid;
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol;
- Keep head higher than the body, especially while sleeping;
- Avoid speaking;
- Use local ice packs for 4 hours.
In doubt: please inquiry your dentist to detailed clarification. He is the most suitable person to assist you.