Selective Dentistry - Corona Del Mar Family Dental office - Bone Graft Surgery - George Saliba DDS - Bone Preservation
There are many reasons for bone grafts today. Doctor Saliba regularly performs bone graft procedures immediately following an extraction in order to limit or prevent bone recession. Bone grafting surgery is often closely associated with dental restorations such as bridge work and dental implants. In the majority of cases, the success of a restoration procedure can hinge on the height, depth, and width of the jawbone.
There are essentially two basic ways in which bone grafting can positively impact the health and stability of the teeth:
Jaw Stabilization – Bone grafting stabilizes and helps restore the jaw foundation for restorative or implant surgery. Deformities can also be corrected and the restructuring of the bone can provide added support.
Preservation – Bone grafting can be used to limit or prevent bone recession following a tooth extraction, periodontal disease, or other invasive processes.
Initially, Doctor Saliba will thoroughly examine the affected area in order to assess the general condition of the teeth and gums. If periodontal disease is present or the adjacent teeth are in poor condition, these factors will be fully addressed before the bone grafting procedure can begin.
What Does Bone Grafting Involve?
There are several types of bone grafts. Doctor Saliba will recommend the best option for you.
Autogenous Bone Graft - Harvested from the patient’s own body (usually from the posterior part of the lower jaw or the chin).
Allograft Bone Graft - synthetic bone is used in this type of graft.
Xenograft - Cow bone is used in this type of graft.
The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be provided with comprehensive instructions for your post-operative care. The dentist will prescribe medications to help manage infection, discomfort and swelling.