The dental bone graft is an additional procedure that becomes necessary in some cases of dental implants. A bone graft is only called for when there is no sufficient jawbone to hold the dental implants steady.
The jawbone is designed to have sufficient bone in it since it is also what naturally holds the teeth. Unfortunately, the bone can be surprisingly vulnerable when faced with certain problems.
For example, if you lose a tooth and neglect it for a long time, the gums may recede and there may be bone loss.
Aside from that, some gum diseases also lead to bone loss.
There are also natural cases wherein the lack of bone in the jaw area is an inborn trait. In such circumstances, bone grafting often becomes necessary.
With a bone graft, the jaw can be stabilized and help prevent further bone and other health problems that come with it, such as teeth and gum tissue damage.
How dental bone graft is done
A bone graft consists of the replacement of missing bone with bone from another part of the patient’s body, or sometimes synthetic material is used.
For this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the jaw and attaches the other bone to the jaw.
Bone graft is possible thanks to the ability of bone tissue to regenerate if it has the space to grow.
A sinus lift is also known as sinus augmentation, which increases bone in the molar area.
In most cases, individuals who have lost their teeth suffer from a smaller or narrower sinus cavity that doesn't leave any room or enough bone for implant insertion.
In most cases, the sinus lift procedure will be performed prior to a dental implant, but in some cases, both procedures may be performed at the same time.
At its most basic description, a sinus lift adds bone to the upper jaw bone in the molar or premolar areas in order to make it thicker.
FAQ Bone Graft/ Sinus Lift
1. How long do this procedures take?
A bone graft procedure usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes.
It will depend on the amount of bone to be grafted and whether other dental procedures, such as extractions, need to be performed.
A sinus lift procedure usually takes from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
2. How long do I have to wait for my bone graft to heal?
The bone graft has to heal for a minimum of 4-6 months before the implant is set.
3. What’s the healing period for a sinus lift?
A sinus lift has to heal for a minimum of 6 months before placing the dental implant.
4. Are these procedures painful?
Thanks to anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the procedures.
5. What to expect after surgery?
After a bone graft surgery, swelling is normal. You can apply an ice bag continuously for the first two days. Bleeding is also normal the first 24 hours.
It is important to avoid hot drinks and foods. Physical activity has to be very light to prevent bleeding.
For sinus lift patients may experience swelling in the area of the surgery, but it’s normal. Nose and mouth bleeding can be present too.
It’s important to avoid blowing your nose with force or sneezing because this can open the stitches. Your dentist may also give you medication to avoid infection.