Bone Grafts North Hollywood
For the most successful dental implant procedures, the jawbone must be strong and dense enough to offer a stable support. However, the jawbone tends to lose bone over time for many of the same reasons that teeth are lost, including injury, dental trauma, infection, and periodontal disease. Tooth loss can also cause bone loss, as the alveolar bone that supported the tooth resorbs. If you are a candidate for a dental implant, our team in North Hollywood may recommend bone grafts to help strengthen your jawbone in preparation for the procedure.
Bone grafts can include one or several procedures that augment the natural bone tissue in the jaw. They can include adding your own bone, donor bone tissue, or synthetic materials to your jaw. Bone can be harvested from several parts of the body, including the hip or other areas of the jaw. During your initial appointment we will explain your options and make recommendations based on your needs. Once the grafting material is ready, the recipient site will be numbed. You might be under IV sedation for greater comfort and relaxation. First an incision will be made in order to access the recipient site. The materials will then be deposited, and the area covered with a membrane before the incision is closed.
After your bone grafts in North Hollywood, you will be given detailed aftercare instructions. You may be prescribed antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthwash. Use these exactly as prescribed to reduce the risk of infections. You might also need to avoid certain foods and take special precautions when eating. As the site heals, the materials will fuse with the existing bone and help stimulate new bone growth. This healing process can take from four to nine months, and once the tissues have healed, the implants can be placed.
The implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the bone. The bone will also fuse with the implant. The implant helps stimulate the bone to prevent future bone loss and keeps your jawbone strong. The success rate for bone grafts and dental implants is high, but good dental habits, a healthy lifestyle, and following instructions can help increase your chances of a positive outcome. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in North Hollywood.
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