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Wanting to understand more about why bone grafting is necessary? Dental bone grafts allow a dental professional to add more bone to areas where patients are lacking bone. It is essential for patients to have a sufficient amount of bone to support their good oral health. When they do not, bone grafting surgery is often the solution.

There are two main ways bone grafts can improve one’s oral health. One is by adding more bone to the jawbone for those who are lacking a sufficient amount of jawbone. The other is adding more bone after an extraction to prevent bone recession.

Building Up New Bone

Learning more about what bone grafting surgery entails helps you be a better dental patient. Dental bone grafts are minor surgical procedures that are performed in a dental office. The goal is to build up new bone in an area that does not have enough bone to support a healthy mouth.

A small incision to expose the bone is necessary, as this is how the new bone is added to the old bone. The new bone encourages the body to create new bone cells. That means the old bone will be absorbed by the body and replaced with the new bone.

Questions to Ask a Dentist About Bone Grafting Surgery

The following is a list of important questions every dental patient should ask their dentist once they find out they need a bone graft.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

While every dental patient is different, they can expect their bone grafting procedure to take anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes. Before undergoing the procedure, the patient will be given information on how long their particular procedure will take.

Are There Any Potential Complications With This Type of Oral Surgery?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, bone grafting is generally safe but it does have some rare risks. These risks include infection, bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage, complications from anesthesia and getting an infection when using donated bone.

Is There a Lot of Discomforts or Pain Associated With Bone Grafting?

Patients can expect to experience various levels of discomfort and/or pain. Most patients address their discomfort or pain by taking over-the-counter medications for a few days following the surgery. For patients who are very sensitive to pain, they can ask their dental professional to write them a prescription.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Available?

Dental patients are encouraged to discuss their anesthesia options with their dental professional, as there are many options available. Patients can choose to receive a local numbing agent so they do not feel anything while the procedure is being performed. They can choose to be placed under general anesthesia or they can choose one of the few options in between.

Do You Feel Prepared?

Are you prepared to undergo the bone grafting procedure? Since bone grafting is a surgical procedure, it really is essential for you to feel prepared before the procedure takes place. When you do feel ready, you are more likely to experience the good results you want to experience, as the procedure is performed to support your good oral health.

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