San Francisco, CA, patients ask, “What do I need to know about dental bone grafting procedures near me?”
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If you’ve recently lost a tooth and are considering dental implants, you may know that one of the conditions of receiving the treatment is that your jawbone be strong enough to support the implant. While for most people this is not an issue because they have plenty of strong healthy jawbone available, for others, a bone graft may be required.
Who needs to have bone grafting performed?
Bone grafting is performed when a patient has bone recession or bone loss in the jaw. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to resorb, or thin out. If your tooth was lost years ago, and you’ve been wearing dentures you may have noticed that your jawbone has decreased. This can also cause your dentures to lose the comfortable fit they once had.
What, exactly, is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that restores the implant area by adding bone. The level of complexity depends on each unique situation. In some cases, the simple procedure happens at the time the implant is placed, while for others it means taking bone from one area of the jawbone to the area where the tooth is missing.
How long does the process take?
The procedure is completed in the office and can be done at the same time that a weak tooth is extracted. Further, using advanced technology available at the Center for Implant Dentistry, Dr. Sam Jain and his team can apply the grafting material and the implant at the same time. They will also insert a temporary replacement tooth to give you a great smile while the bone heals. Once the healing process is complete and the implant is secure and stable, a permanent tooth will replace the temporary.
Does bone grafting hurt?
Dr. Jain uses conscious sedation to ensure that his patients are comfortable during the bone grafting and implant procedure. With IV or oral sedation, patients are deeply relaxed but awake. Following the procedure, it’s important for patients to follow the dentist’s instructions for pain relief.
Can I talk to someone near me?
For more information about bone grafting, or to find an experienced and trusted dentist to perform the procedure in the San Francisco area, call the Center for Implant Dentistry today.