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Bone Grafts & Augmentation

BACKGROUND

Bone grafts and bone augmentation procedures are used to prepare an area of the jaw bone to receive a dental implant. Bone grafting is especially important immediately after a tooth is removed to preserve an adequate amount of bone and prevent bone shrinkage. The goal is to maintain enough bone in the area to adequately support and stabilize the implant. Thus, this is known as a bone preservation procedure.

If bone loss has already occurred because the tooth was removed in the past, then the area may need to undergo guided bone regeneration instead. In this case, bone grafts and gum grafts may both be needed in order to generate enough new tissue in the area for proper implant support. 

WHEN SHOULD BONE GRAFTING BE PERFORMED?

In most instances, bone preservation has better and more predictable outcomes than guided bone regeneration. This is why bone grafting should be performed at the time of tooth extraction if you are at all considering a dental implant as a tooth replacement option. Skipping the bone graft may mean more extensive surgeries and more costs down the line. 

IS BONE GRAFTING PAINFUL?

Bone grafting and augmentation procedures are performed while the patient is numb. Another benefit of receiving a bone graft at the same time the tooth is removed is that you won’t need to be numb a second time. 

At Sloan Creek Dental, we have many options to keep you comfortable during your appointment including nitrous oxide (or laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. We will consider each patient’s individual needs while keeping patient comfort at the top of our priorities.