Reasons for bone grafting
When teeth are lost, the bone that used to support the teeth shrinks away over time. This can make it difficult to replace teeth with dental implants. Fortunately, in most cases, Dr. Lamberts can help your body to grow new bone at these sites.
The procedure is done with local freezing. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation is available if this makes you more comfortable. After you are anesthetized, Dr. Lamberts will gently reflect your gum tissue. A bone graft material is placed in the area of missing bone. This can be your own bone, but often "bottled" bone can be used which makes your recovery after surgery easier. Over the next several months, your bone cells will create new bone. Implants can be placed 5-6 months after the procedure.
After the procedure
Minor swelling of the surgical site is to be expected in the first few days. It is recommended to ice the area on and off for the first 24-48 hours. Dr. Lamberts will recommend or prescribe medication to manage any discomfort you may experience. Detailed post operative instructions will be given to you before and after the procedure.
The expected results for your specific case will be discussed with you during your consultation appointment. A bone graft will create an ideal environment for the eventual placement of dental implants.
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