Bone Grafting and Soft Tissue Grafting

Overview

Many people considering dental work express concern after learning they no longer have enough bone for implants. Bone grafts and soft tissue grafts are a safe, effective alternative that utilizes bone from elsewhere in the body or commercially available bone substitutes. Once added to the deficient area, the bone serves as a scaffold for new bone to grow before dental implants are added.

 

Steps

  1. Consultation
    After discussing your desired outcome, the staff at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery in Greenville or Simpsonville, SC will present your options to ensure you receive the best treatment for your needs.

 

  1. Procedure
    A local anesthetic is typically used, but intravenous sedation is also available.

 

  1. Recovery
    Once the procedure is complete, antibiotics will be prescribed, as well as pain medication if necessary. Post-op patients will be advised to steer clear of certain foods to avoid putting pressure on the graft.

 

  1. Healing
    It can take 3 to 6 months before the bone or soft tissue graft is ready for dental implants. During this time, patients are able to carry on with normal day-to-day life.

 

  1. Dental Implants
    Once the grafted bone has fused or become a robust part of the existing bone, implants will be added.

 

 

 

 

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