Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that’s sometimes needed before you can get a dental implant. Dental implants are small rods of titanium that are surgically implanted into your gums and jaw. Once they heal and bond with your jaw bone, they function as artificial tooth roots, and can support dental crowns and other implant restorations.
But for the procedure at our Spartanburg practice to work properly, your jaw bone must be strong enough to accommodate a dental implant, and to heal around it properly. If your jaw bone is weak, a bone graft may be recommended.
The bone grafting process is pretty simple to understand. It typically takes between 45-90 minutes at Skylyn Dental Associates. To begin the process, Dr. Gibas will clean and numb your mouth. We also offer sedation dentistry to keep you feeling comfortable during your treatment.
After this, he will clean and disinfect the treatment area and suture it shut. Then, you’ll be sent home from our Spartanburg office with recovery instructions.
Once you’re numbed and sedated, Dr. Gibas will use surgical tools to create a small opening in your gums and jaw bone, in the area where your future dental implant will be placed. Then, he will place bone granules in this opening.
Initial recovery takes only a week or two, but it will take several months for new natural bone to grow around the bone graft. Over time, natural bone will heal over the grafted bone material. This strengthens the area sufficiently for a dental implant, allowing you to permanently restore your missing tooth.