Many Fort Lauderdale, FL area patients who are faced with tooth loss are interested in restoring their smile with the use of dental implants. Dental implants are just one of many tooth replacement options that are used in dentistry to restore the function, health, and appearance of the smile. However, patients who are interested in having dental implants but do not have enough bone present for successful placement will need to consider the advantages of speaking to a maxillofacial surgeon regarding bone grafting.
What is bone grafting?
Just like grafting done anywhere else on the body, such as skin grafting, bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to build bone of the jaw. Building bone up in this area is often done to prepare for the future placement of dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that an oral surgeon places into the jaw bone to replace one or more teeth. The jaw bone provides a strong and proper foundation for the dental implant, allowing it to function at its best. Without enough bone, patients cannot undergo dental implant surgery as the placement will not be successful. Building the bone with bone grafting is the first step to prepare the smile’s foundation prior to the placement of dental implants down the road.
What can I expect from bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that is done to ensure the smile is properly prepared for dental implants. It can also build up bone after bone resorption has occurred. This may be due to lost teeth or periodontal disease. The process starts with a surgical procedure during which the surgeon will place manufactured or donated bone to build and strengthen the jaw. This procedure may take around one hour. The healing process and recovery period is approximately two weeks, though solid bone mass is often achieved around three to six months post-procedure. At this point, dental implants may be successfully placed.
Call Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery
Dr. Leslie Sultan and the team at Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery provides comprehensive maxillofacial surgery, including bone grafting. Patients in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area who are interested in dental implants but require additional bone for successful surgery are encouraged to request an appointment by calling the front office at (954) 771-8772.