Exploring Your Candidacy
Bone grafting is an oral surgery so qualifying patients should be in good general and oral health and free of conditions that could hinder the success of treatment. Notably, before pursuing bone grafting or dental implants, patients should be free from decay and gum disease. Dr. Gapuz offers restorative procedures and other treatments, such as periodontal care, if necessary.
Your Initial Consultation
During a consultation with Dr. Gapuz, he can determine if bone grafting is recommended as part of your treatment plan. To evaluate the health of the jawbone, x-rays and 3-D imaging technology will be used. This allows Dr. Gapuz to accurately visualize the bone structure, establish the optimal area for the bone graft, and clearly identify orofacial landmarks, such as the mandibular nerves and the maxillary sinuses. Once all necessary information is gathered, he can design a personalized treatment plan to address your needs.
The Treatment Process
The day of your bone grafting surgery, you will be escorted to a comfortable treatment room. If you have opted for sedation, our surgical team will administer any necessary medications to enhance your comfort during the procedure. To begin, Dr. Gapuz numbs the gums with local anesthesia and creates a small incision to access the jawbone. After adding bone grafting material to the ridge, the area is covered with a membrane. Finally, the gums are repositioned and the incision is closed with stitches.
Healing and Recovery
Following bone graft procedures, slight discomfort and swelling are typical. These side effects can be managed with pain relievers and cold compresses. Most patients can return to work in a day or two and usually feel back to normal within the first week.
Although bone grafting adds several months to the treatment timeline, it can make the difference between the success and failure of your long-term results.
Patients who undergo bone grafting procedures prior to receiving dental implants may require up to nine months of healing before the posts can be placed. The length of recovery will depend on the size of the bone graft and the patient’s own healing capacity. Although this procedure adds several months of healing to the treatment timeline, it can make the difference between the success and failure of your long-term results.
Restore Your Oral Health
If you have been told you do not qualify for dental implants due to bone loss, a bone grafting procedure may be right for you. To explore your options, contact us online or call us at (407) 545-4087.