Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a dental procedure that is performed in order to add bone to the jaw near the molars and premolars. In most cases, a bone graft is needed to help support dental implants.

Who needs bone grafting?

When a tooth is lost, a dental implant is the best option for replacing the tooth. However, there are many cases that can prevent a dental implant from being properly placed.

  • If waiting too long after a tooth is removed, the bone can start to be reabsorbed back into the body, causing loss of bone where the implant needs to be placed.
  • Gum disease also causes loss of bone and require bone grafting.

Bone Grafting Process

When it is determined that a bone graft is necessary, your Katy, TX dentist will guide you through the process. To start, the gum tissues is raised to allow your dentist to pack in granules of bone-grafting material. Depending on the amount of bone that needs to be replaced, your dentist will determine an estimated date of when the dental implants can be installed later on.

Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions, but always reach out if the following symptoms occur:

  • Swelling or pain increases
  • Bleeding continues after the first few days
  • Bleeding is bright red and also continuous
  • Pain does not lower
  • Fever develops

For any dental implant or bone grafting needs in Katy, TX, you can always trust Katy Smiles Center.