Dental Bone Grafting Recovery Time
The time needed for healing from a dental bone graft can vary based on the number of teeth missing and the reason for the bone graft, but it takes most patients around 4 months to recover completely.
Time Needed Before Implants
If your dental bone graft is done in preparation for implants, you can expect to wait between 7 and 9 months to be sure that your bone graft has created enough bone for your implant to be successful.
Reasons for a Bone Graft
When you have gum disease, your gums deteriorate, exposing more of your teeth. Sometimes the bone can become affected and begin to deteriorate as well. A bone graft can help build back this bone.
Missing adult teeth can leave the jawbone beneath the teeth exposed where it is vulnerable to damage. A bone graft will help rebuild damaged bone and make sure the area remains strong.
Sometimes when your jawbone is deteriorating and you have lost some of the bone in your jaw, it can affect your face. Your jawline may actually sag, which can change your appearance as well as cause problems with the way your jawbone works. You may experience problems with chewing or even talking.
Prepare for Implants
A bone graft is often necessary for preparing for dental implants. When you are going to have a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, the implant needs something to attach it to your jawbone. The bone grafting is done to give the tooth something to secure it to the mouth.
Sometimes when you are missing molars from the upper row of your teeth, your sinuses may actually grow down into the open space. In this case, a sinus lift is performed to put the sinus back into its proper place, and a bone graft is done to fill the gap.
Bone Grafting Process
Consultation and Examination
We will examine your teeth and gums and look over any records and x-rays from your regular dentist to determine if a graft is a good option for you. We will also answer any questions you have about the procedure and explain what you can expect.
Remove Old Teeth
The first step in the bone grafting process is to remove any teeth that are no longer able to be saved. Teeth may have to be removed due to excessive decay or due to injury. The old teeth are pulled before the bone graft can be executed.
Gather Bone Material
Patient’s Own Bone
The bone used for the grafting may come from the patient’s own bone. This bone can come from various places in the body and requires a separate incision. Sometimes the bone will come from another part of the jaw. It can also be taken from the hip or other areas.
When the patient’s own bone is used, it is called autografting.
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to use the patient’s bone for the graft. This may be because the patient doesn’t want another incision or because there is not enough bone in the jaw area and taking it from another part of the body would take too much time.
In this case, we will get bone from a tissue bank where the donated bone has been collected. Historically, donated bone has been taken from cadavers or even from animals, although that is rare in modern times.
Placing the Bone
To place the bone, a small incision is made in the area where the bone will be grafted. Then the bone is connected to the existing bone, and the incision is closed. This is a simple treatment with quick results.
When the graft is left to heal, the bone fuses and begins to grow new bone that can then be used to strengthen the jawline or as an anchor for an implant.
After your bone graft, you will want to stick to soft foods for the rest of the day. After that, you should be able to return to eating normally. You may also need to avoid dairy. We will discuss this with you if it is necessary in your case.
We may prescribe an antibiotic or suggest other medications. Be sure to take these medications as directed for the best possible outcome.
Trust the Experts
If you believe you may need a bone graft, contact San Tan Oral Surgery in Gilbert, AZ, to schedule a consultation. We will examine your teeth and evaluate your dental health to determine if a graft is the right option in your situation. We will answer all of your questions about the procedure and will discuss the process and recommend the best course of action.
We care about our patients’ safety and comfort, and you can trust us to give you the best care possible. You can trust us to care for your smile.