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Grow Your Own Bone with Bone Grafting - A Look at This Restorative Dental Procedure

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Rai Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
Patient speaking with dentist about bone grafting at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VAImagine this: you’ve lost a tooth. It could be due to an injury, gum disease, or even just natural wear and tear. You know you need to replace it, but the thought of dentures or implants fills you with dread. What if there was another option, one that could actually grow your own bone to support a new tooth?

That option exists, and it’s called bone grafting.

Bone grafting is a restorative dentistry procedure that uses natural bone material to rebuild lost bone in the jaw. This material can come from your own body (autograft), a donor (allograft), or even a synthetic material (xenograft). The grafted bone acts as a scaffold, encouraging your body to grow new bone in the area. This new bone can then be used to support dental implants, dentures, or even natural teeth that have been compromised by bone loss.

Why is bone grafting important?

There are many reasons why bone grafting might be necessary. Some of the most common include:

- Tooth loss: When you lose a tooth, the bone around it starts to deteriorate. This can make it difficult or even impossible to replace the tooth with an implant or bridge.

- Gum disease: Gum disease can also damage the bone that supports your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss and other problems.

- Facial trauma: Facial trauma can fracture or damage the jawbone. Bone grafting can be used to repair the damage and restore the shape of your face.

- Congenital defects: Some people are born with congenital defects that affect the jawbone. Bone grafting can be used to correct these defects.

What are the benefits of bone grafting?

There are many benefits to bone grafting, including:

- Preserves facial structure: Bone grafting helps to maintain the shape of your face and jawline.

- Supports dental implants: Bone grafting can make it possible to get dental implants, which are a more permanent and natural-looking solution for tooth replacement.

- Improves oral health: Bone grafting can help to improve your oral health by preventing further bone loss and supporting your remaining teeth.

- Boosts confidence: Bone grafting can give you back your smile and improve your self-confidence.

## Is bone grafting right for you?

If you are considering bone grafting, it is important to talk to your oral surgeon to see if it is the right option for you. They will be able to assess your individual needs and discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Bone grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can help to restore your oral health and confidence. If you are looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss or other jawbone problems, bone grafting may be the answer for you.

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