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Bone Grafting

Dental Bone Grafting
in Boston, MA

Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery performs bone grafting services in Boston, MA. Call 617-300-0345 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Dental bone graft surgery is a specialized procedure performed to correct various issues that may be the result of:

  • Defects present from birth, which can affect the normal development and functioning of the jaw
  • Trauma, such as accidents or injuries that cause significant damage to the jawbone
  • Removal of a tumor, leading to bone loss in the affected area
  • Tooth loss and the subsequent loss of bone in the related jaw area, which can deteriorate over time

Bone grafting is often required to address these defects in a patient’s jaw. It is a form of reconstructive surgery that helps to generate and rebuild bone, thereby increasing bone density and volume. This is crucial for patients who have experienced bone loss due to various reasons, ensuring that their jaw structure is healthy and robust.

The most common bone grafting procedure is performed to enhance the upper or lower jawbone. This enhancement is typically in preparation for the placement of dental implants. Dental implants require a certain amount of bone density and volume to be securely and effectively placed. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone is often affected over time, leading to bone resorption and loss of bone mass.

Patients without sufficient jawbone mass are not candidates for dental implants. Bone grafting is frequently performed to reverse bone loss or to enhance existing bone, creating a solid foundation necessary for the implants. Once the bone graft has healed, which may take several months, the newly generated bone provides the required support for the placement of dental implants.

The process of bone grafting involves harvesting bone from another part of the patient’s body or using synthetic materials that promote bone growth. The graft is then carefully placed in the area where the bone is needed. Over time, the grafted material integrates with the existing bone, forming a strong and stable base.

The benefits of bone grafting extend beyond just preparing for dental implants. It can also improve the patient's overall oral health, enhance facial aesthetics by maintaining the natural contours of the face, and restore proper function, enabling patients to chew and speak effectively.

Dental bone graft surgery plays a critical role in modern dentistry, particularly for patients who are considering dental implants. By addressing bone loss and defects, it ensures that patients have the necessary bone structure to support implants, leading to better outcomes and improved quality of life.

Why Choose Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery for Bone Grafting

When considering dental bone graft surgery, choosing an oral surgeon offers several key advantages that contribute to a safer and more effective procedure. Oral surgeons possess specialized training and expertise in performing complex surgeries of the mouth, jaw, and face. This extensive education includes additional years of surgical residency beyond dental school, allowing them to master advanced techniques and develop a deep understanding of facial anatomy.

One of the primary reasons to select an oral surgeon is their ability to handle intricate and challenging cases with a higher level of precision. Their proficiency ensures that the bone graft is placed accurately and securely, which is essential for the overall success of the surgery. Oral surgeons are also adept at managing any complications that may arise, thanks to their comprehensive training in surgical intervention and patient care.

Moreover, oral surgeons utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to enhance the treatment process. This includes advanced imaging techniques, such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), which provide detailed 3D images of the jawbone structure. Such precision tools enable the surgeon to plan and execute the grafting procedure with utmost accuracy, reducing the risk of errors and improving the outcome.

Patient experience and comfort are also paramount when undergoing bone graft surgery. Oral surgeons are experienced in administering various forms of anesthesia and sedation, ensuring a pain-free and comfortable experience. Their familiarity with patient management protocols means they can tailor the surgical plan to meet individual needs, addressing concerns and alleviating anxiety.

Entrusting an oral surgeon like Dr. Lucca with your dental bone graft surgery ensures that you receive the highest standard of care, skill, and expertise. Their specialized training, use of advanced technology, and commitment to patient-centered care make them the best choice for achieving successful, long-lasting results.

What to Expect at Your Initial Consultation

At Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery, your initial bone grafting consultation is meticulously designed to be thorough and informative, ensuring you feel confident and well-prepared for the procedure. During this visit, Dr. Lucca and his team will take the time to understand your specific dental needs and medical history, answering any questions you may have along the way.

The first step typically involves a comprehensive oral examination to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums. This examination may include taking detailed images of your jawbone using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools like cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans. These scans provide precise 3D images, allowing for an accurate evaluation of bone density and volume.

Following the initial assessment, Dr. Lucca will discuss your treatment goals and explain the bone grafting procedure in detail. This discussion includes the various grafting materials available, whether autografts (bone taken from another part of your body), allografts (donor bone), xenografts (animal bone), or synthetic options. Each type of graft material has its benefits, and Dr. Lucca will help you choose the most appropriate option based on your individual situation.

Next, a personalized treatment plan will be developed, outlining each step of the bone grafting process from preoperative preparations to post-operative care. Dr. Lucca will explain how the procedure will be performed, discuss the expected healing timeline, and provide guidelines on how to ensure optimal recovery. You will also receive information about anesthesia options and how the surgical team manages pain and discomfort to make your experience as smooth as possible.

The consultation concludes with a question-and-answer session, allowing you to voice any concerns or seek clarification on any aspects of the surgery. Dr. Lucca and his team strive to create a reassuring and supportive environment, ensuring you leave with a clear understanding of the procedure and confidence in the care you will receive.

Your initial consultation is an important first step toward restoring your oral health and achieving your treatment goals. At Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery, we are committed to providing patient-centered, compassionate care throughout your bone grafting journey.

Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery performs bone grafting services in Boston, MA. Call 617-300-0345 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Grafting

What type of bone fragment is used for bone grafting?

Bone used for bone grafting procedures can come from a variety of sources. Human bone can be taken from another place in the patient’s own body or from a cadaver. In other cases donated human bone is used and is known as an Allograft. A xenograft is bone donated from another animal.

How long will it take for the bone to regenerate?

It can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months for the bone to regenerate and become dense enough for a dental implant to be placed. The growth period varies based on a number of factors such as your age and the overall health of your bone tissue.

What are the benefits of bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a solution for bone loss in the jaw that occurs when a tooth is missing or when severe decay or gum disease has damaged it. A bone graft procedure is often the bridge to dental implant or implant-supported prosthesis that restore the function of your teeth.

How long will it take to recover from bone grafting?

As with any surgical procedure, it will take a few weeks for the gum tissue to heal where the bone graft was placed. You may need to rest for a day or two after the procedure and eat a soft diet for the first few days to a week.

What type of anesthesia is required for bone grafting?

The most basic level of anesthesia required for bone grafting is local anesthesia. Sedation options are available according to preference, such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation.

What is the success rate of a bone graft?

The success of a bone graft depends on many factors that include but are not limited to the health of the individual, the individual’s oral health, and the size, nature and location of the defect being grafted. The goal of a bone graft procedure is to regenerate enough bone volume that you will be able to get a dental implant placed.

What causes a bone graft to fail?

The main cause of a failed bone graft is infection. If an infection develops at the surgical site, it could delay the progress. Antibiotics may be able to successfully treat the infection so that the bone graft can still be successful. Your body could also reject the bone fragment or absorb it too quickly, resulting in the need for a repeat procedure.

Is bone grafting safe?

The procedure is very safe with few risks. The biggest risk is infection, which can usually be easily treated with an antibiotic. Side effects include bleeding, swelling, and inflammation at the surgical site.
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