(Before and After FPO)
What is a bone graft?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to repair, or rebuild, bones through the transplantation of bone tissue. Bone grafts are sometimes required before you get dental implants or some other forms of restorative surgery. If your dentist finds that the jaw is too fine or too soft to successfully support an implant, a bone graft is used to insure the longevity and stability of the dental implant.
Who needs a bone graft?
Dental implants get all their strength and support from the jaw bone. Once the implant is placed inside a bone, it starts fusing with the surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration. This may take anywhere from three to six months, depending on the site of the implant, the condition of the jaw bone, and the overall patient health.
A healthy jaw bone with adequate height and thickness is absolutely necessary for a successful implant. Without an adequate amount of bone, a dental implant procedure is impossible.
If periodontal disease is left untreated it can eat away at the bone leading to tooth loss.
Patients undergoing other forms of restorative surgery
How long is recovery?
After your grafting surgery has taken place, the initial recovery period will be about two weeks.