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A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia to rebuild deteriorated bone in the jaw. The graft can be harvested from another bone in the patient’s body, often the chin or hip. It may also be obtained from a human cadaver or animal donor, or a synthetic material. The most common bone grafts, called socket grafts, are small and are placed directly into the socket of the missing tooth. Occasionally – particularly when a patient is missing several teeth in a row – a larger bone graft is needed.
The purpose of a bone graft is to provide a sturdy foundation for a dental implant when the existing jawbone is either too soft or too thin to provide proper support. The bone must be able to withstand the pressure that comes with chewing food. Bone in the jaw nearly always begins to deteriorate when a tooth is lost. If the gap left by the missing tooth isn’t promptly filled with an implant or other appliance, the underlying bone can decline to the point of requiring a graft.
Swelling and some minor pain will likely follow the procedure. Most patients manage the swelling by applying an ice pack to the face while the over-the-counter medication is usually sufficient in alleviating the pain. Regular activities are typically resumed in 1-2 days. But patients will need to adhere to a soft food diet and avoid hot foods for many weeks. Healing time differs between patients, the size of the graft, and the type of material used. In general, though, bone regeneration is a slow process and usually takes a minimum of several months before the area is strong enough to support a dental implant.
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"Dr. Mikhli clearly detailed all the information pertaining to the implant and instilled a great deal of confidence in having me do the implant with him."
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