When it comes to getting a surgical procedure done, such as a jaw surgery or a dental implant installation procedure, proper bone density is essential! We here at Drs. Scheetz & Rekos: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Ohio know that there is nothing more integral to a fully fused implant procedure than sufficient bone in the jaw. Thin bones can be brittle and weak and may reject the implant. Thankfully, there are solutions to this problem, one of which being bone grafting.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that many of our patients undertake to prepare themselves for a different procedure, often a dental implant installation or a corrective surgery of some kind, like a jaw surgery. It can also be used to repair trauma or fill in places that did not have the proper bone there to begin with. There are several different methods of bone grafting, and it all depends on where you get the donor bone from.
One option is yourself! We can take the bone from other areas such as the back of your jaw, or in larger circumstances perhaps your hip or your shin. Another option is a cadaver bone. This is the bone from either a human or a cow and is a great option if your bone is not something you can do. You can also choose to have a synthetic bone created to fill that gap. It is a safe alternative to either of the other options, should they not be suitable.
What can you expect?
When you come in for your procedure, you can expect a pretty similar experience to our typical patient, however, if it's important to keep in mind that every case is different and to discuss all options thoroughly with our experienced professionals. First, when you are ready for your graft of whichever nature you like, you will be given a local anesthetic in the area which will be receiving the bone, along with the area from which the bone will be taken (if you chose that route). Then, an incision will be made wherever the bone is needed.
Our surgeon will decide just how much bone you need and prepare it for transplant. Then, when transplanting, the new bone will be set in place with small titanium screws that will eventually fuse seamlessly with your bone. A thin healing membrane will be placed over the area before it is stitched up and you are set for recovery. It will take some time to heal, but we can give you guidance every step of the way.
Drs. Scheetz & Rekos: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Ohio will make sure that you are not only in the loop on what to expect with this procedure but will also make sure that you are beyond comfortable and confident in us and our abilities. No one will go farther than we will to give you your confidence and oral health back. Give us a call today at (614) 734-1504 for more information.