If you’ve lost jawbone density due to gum disease, osteoporosis, or cancer treatments, a bone grafting procedure can return your jawbone to its previously strong form. The skilled team at Vallejo Oral Surgery offers bone grafting procedures from the comfort of their Vallejo, California, office. Call today or easily schedule your appointment online by using the website’s booking tool.
Why do I need bone grafting?
At Vallejo Oral Surgery the team suggests bone grafting procedures for a few reasons. Strong and sturdy jawbones not only reduce the risk of fracture but also keep the shape of your face. When your jawbone loses its density it gives your face a sunken-in appearance. Here are some reasons a bone graft could benefit you:
- Advanced gum disease
- Before dental implants
- Bone loss from cancer treatments
- Smooth your jaw after an extraction
It is possible to get your bone density back with jawbone grafting at Vallejo Oral Surgery.
What happens during a bone grafting procedure?
Bone grafting is a relatively simple procedure performed that the Vallejo Oral Surgery offices. First, your surgeon needs to expose your jawbone by cutting into your gums. If you are coupling your bone grafting procedure with a tooth extraction the bone will be visible so no cuts will need to be made. Don’t worry you will be given local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing. Ask about relaxing sedation options, too.
Once the bone is visible, your surgeon inserts the grafting material. Bone grafting material comes from multiple sources, including:
- Bone source from your body (i.e. your hip)
- Human donor
- Synthetic bone material
- Bone sourced from an animal source
After the grafting material is in place, your surgeon will place a protective membrane over the site, then stitch up your gums around it.
Why do I need bone grafting before my dental implant procedure?
Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option utilizing a titanium rod inserted into your jaw to act as artificial teeth roots. Implants act as stable supports for dental prosthetics.
The problem occurs when you don’t have enough jawbone density to support the implant. But with a bone grafting procedure, your jawbone can return to its old strength and density.
Call Vallejo Oral Surgery to discuss with a provider whether a bone graft is the right first step for your dental implant journey.