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.
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.
A local anesthetic is typically used, but intravenous sedation is also available.
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.
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.
- Dental Implants
Once the grafted bone has fused or become a robust part of the existing bone, implants will be added.