Why Would I Need a Bone Graft at the Dentist?

A bone graft may not seem like a procedure you might receive at the dentist, but it may actually be needed for a variety of reasons. While your teeth aren’t made from bone, your jaw certainly is. Considering this support is what holds the teeth and keeps them strong enough to keep chewing, bone grafts can be exactly what you need to improve your oral health. If you’re considering one, it helps to know not just why you would need one, but what it is and what to expect.

What Is a Dental Bone Graft?

A dental bone graft is a procedure for the jaw to replace lost bone or to add support to existing bone. While bone is usually taken from a different part of your body to make the graft, there are synthetic versions available. The preferred standard will be from either your hip, shin, or the back of the jaw, as it’s generally considered the safest option. A dentist will first make a cut in the jaw and then attach the extra material to the jaw. Pain management can usually be accomplished with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Why Would I Need One?

Tooth loss, gum disease, or dental implants can all affect the amount of bone you have in your jaw. Receding gums can begin to erode the jaw, causing it to weaken under constant pressure from chewing. Or if you need screws attached for the artificial roots of a missing tooth, your jaw will need to be strong enough to handle the pressure. If you use your own bone, it usually encourages the support in your jaw to both accept the new material and heal faster. There are different types of bone grafts available, and your dentist can tell you more about the right one for you.

To a certain extent, bone loss is unavoidable as we age. Some people might need a graft even after taking care of their teeth as well as one could be expected to care for them. The right dentist can make up for this though by adding enough support to reduce pain and keep your jaw healthy and strong.


What is Bone Grafting?

Your jaw bone does more than make your face look strong. It also is an integral piece of the overall health of your teeth and gums. The teeth are connected via your gums, which are connected via your jaw bone. When this bone starts to deteriorate, your teeth may become loose or even fall out. No one wants this to happen, but sometimes it does. When bone loss becomes an issue, your dentist may suggest that you get bone grafting, which can enable you to either save the teeth you have to receive restoration treatments.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a technique where a piece of bone from someplace else is surgically applied to another area that needs more bone. Then the bone is accepted and grows so that more bone is grown in the area that lacked it in the first place.

Where Does the Grafted Bone Come From?

Grafted bone can come from a variety of sources. For dental purposes, the bone may come from another human or it can come from bovine. The vast majority of grafted bone does come from bovine. If you are going to undergo bone grafting, you can talk to your dentist about the source. If you have a preference, you can express that to your dentist so that they can source the bone according to your wishes.

Is Bone Grafting Safe?

Bone grafting has been done in the dentist’s offices for decades. It has been rigorously tested by agencies and determined to be completely safe. There are little to no side effects from bone grafting, and you can be sure that you will suffer no ill side effects. If you have questions about the safety of bone grafting, you can talk to your dentist.

Bone grafting has been known to save people’s dignity and teeth regarding oral health. It’s often a confusing topic, but it’s something that your dentist is highly familiar with. If you have any questions about the safety of bone grafting or how it can help you save your original teeth, please contact your dentist today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have.