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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafts  

Would you like to get a dental implant, but it's been a few years since you lost your tooth? Bone loss, common after the loss of a tooth, bone graftsdoesn't have to prevent you from receiving an implant. Bone grafting can restore and strengthen your jawbone. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon, shares some information about bone grafts.

Why are bone grafts needed?

Dental implants bond to your jawbone, providing a secure foundation for the crowns that will be attached to the top of them. A strong, deep jawbone is needed to adequately support implants. Unfortunately, after you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to shrink, losing depth and width. If you've been affected by bone loss, it's important to build up your jawbone with a bone graft.

Bone grafts aren't only used in preparation for the implant process. Oral surgeons use them when gum disease causes bone loss or if an injury damages your jawbone. Bone grafts may also be recommended to replace bone damaged by cysts or tumors.

How does bone grafting work?

Adding small amounts of bone to your jawbone helps build it up, creating enough depth and width to support dental implants. If you're expecting to see actual pieces of bone, you may be surprised. Bone granules, powder, putty or gel are commonly used in grafting. The procedure is less complicated than it may seem. Before it begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic and will be comfortably numb.

Your Huntsville oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum and then place the grafting material inside. The material acts as a scaffold around which new bone will be formed. The bone-building process generally takes up to seven months. Once X-rays reveal an improvement in your jawbone, you can begin the dental implant process.

Do you think you may need a bone graft? Call Dr. Hudson, your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon, at (256) 533-1282 to schedule an appointment.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
April 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafts  

Bone GraftsWhen your dentist looks at an X-ray he's examining both the inside of each tooth and the condition of the bone tissue below your gumline. The bone tissue in your jaw holds each tooth in place, so when that tissue becomes degraded, this puts the patient at risk of tooth loss. One procedure that can help fix this problem is called bone grafting. Learn more about this service at the office of S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, your oral surgeon serving patients in Huntsville, AL.

What Is Bone Grafting?
Like every other part of your body, your jawbone is constantly regenerating new cells. However, when the bone becomes compromised in some way, whether it is due to an infection, injury or not being utilized for a long period of time, the cells may stop growing in properly. Bone grafting is a procedure that helps to regenerate the bone tissue when it starts to recede. It is an oral procedure that can be completed in the dentist’s office.

The Grafting Procedure
Bone grafting is a treatment that must be administered by a qualified oral surgeon. Dr. Hudson offers this procedure to his Huntsville, AL patients who have problems with bone loss. He makes a small incision in the gumline, then carefully adds donated bone tissue or synthetic tissue to the area. A collagen-based substance is placed over the bone to aid in the healing process. After the grafting process is complete, the bone needs time to repair itself and regenerate new cells. 

Why Might You Need a Bone Graft?
Oral surgeons often use this treatment to help patients who have problems with gum disease or periodontitis. The infection causes bone loss and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. Bone grafting is also sometimes needed in advance of a dental implant procedure. If a patient goes without a tooth for a long period of time, the bone cells may stop regenerating. Adding a bone graft strengthens the bone so that it has a better chance of supporting a dental implant.

Schedule a Dental Consultation
Not everyone will be a candidate for bone grafting—an oral surgeon must thoroughly evaluate your teeth to decide if you would benefit from this procedure. Call Dr. Hudson today at (256) 533-1282 to make an appointment at his Huntsville, AL dentist office.