Bone grafting is a dental implant prerequisite procedure performed at our Kansas City, MO, practice for patients suffering from jawbone deterioration as a result of periodontal disease, tooth loss, or dental trauma. This procedure uses donor bone, bone tissue from another area of your body, or synthetic material to promote healthy bone regrowth. Bone grafting is beneficial for patients interested in receiving an implant-supported restoration, such as a crown, denture, or dental bridge. Although bone grafting will lengthen the overall dental implant timeline and recovery process, it can improve the chances of a successful outcome. With over two decades of experience, Dr. John P. Goodman strives to make each patient feel comfortable with his friendly and approachable demeanor.
Determining Your Candidacy
To determine your candidacy for this procedure, Dr. Goodman will perform a thorough examination to determine the exact location of bone loss in your jawbone. He may also perform x-rays or scans to evaluate the bone density. In doing so, he can determine the extent of damage in order to create a treatment plan customized for your unique needs.
What to Expect During Bone Grafting
During the bone grafting procedure, Dr. Goodman may take bone from other parts of the body, such as the hip, chin, or tibia, and place it in your jawbone to promote healthy tissue regrowth. If your bone tissue is insufficient, bone can also be synthetically grown or provided by a donor.
Although bone grafting will lengthen the overall dental implant timeline and recovery process, it can improve the chances of a successful outcome.
Before beginning the surgery, Dr. Goodman will administer local anesthesia and sedation for optimal comfort throughout the procedure. Once you are comfortable and relaxed, he will collect bone tissue from another area of your body if donor or synthetic bone are not being used. After harvesting the tissue, the doctor will make an incision in the top of your gums at the site of the missing tooth and place the healthy tissue within the jawbone. After successfully placing the tissue, he will close the incision with dissolvable sutures. The overall procedure can generally be completed in two to three hours, but varies depending on the amount of grafting required.
Recovering from Bone Grafting
Once the surgery is successfully completed, Dr. Goodman will send you home with at-home care instructions to encourage a smooth recovery. For the first 24 hours, do not brush, rinse, or touch the surgical site. For the first few days, consume only soft foods, avoid drinking out of straws, and take your medications as prescribed. This will help ease any discomfort and prevent complications.
The graft will fuse with the jaw over a period of six to nine months following surgery. During healing, Dr. Goodman will monitor you carefully to ensure the graft is integrating successfully. Once you have fully recovered and scans show a strong, healthy foundation, you can proceed with dental implant placement.
Schedule Your Consultation
Bone grafting can provide you the opportunity to restore your smile with a natural-looking and durable implant-supported restoration. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants and bone grafting, contact our practice online or call (816) 842-8585.