Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Improve Your Candidacy for Dental Implants with Bone Grafting

When it comes to tooth replacement options, dental implants are widely considered the most reliable, longest-lasting solution. Unfortunately, missing teeth cause the bone to deteriorate, which can weaken the strong foundation which implants need to be successful. Fortunately, bone grafting can replace the missing tissue and improve your candidacy for dental implants. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz is trained to provide all aspects of implant treatment at our Orlando, FL, practice, including grafting procedures. Our team can provide oral conscious sedation or NuCalm™ sedation to help you feel more relaxed during this procedure. 

About Bone Grafting

When implants are placed into the jawbone, the surrounding tissue fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. In order for this to be successful, the implants should be surrounded by solid, healthy bone. Patients who are deficient in or have a weakened jaw can undergo a bone grafting procedure. During this process, bone grafting material is added to the treatment site, providing additional height, width, and volume. The substance will be taken from the patient, obtained from a bone and tissue bank, or consist of synthetic materials. 

A grafting procedure can restore a dense, healthy jaw after tooth and bone loss.

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.

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