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Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?


Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Dentist speaking with patient at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Allentown, PAOral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on correcting specific oral and facial issues or malformations. However, some dental problems and maxillofacial anomalies require adequate bone volume and density for successful treatment. Severe fractures, congenital deformities, and bone diseases can result in significant bone loss. The only practical way to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome is to get a bone graft.

[[[What Is Bone Grafting?]]]
Bone grafting is a surgical technique for restoring your bone structure naturally before undergoing oral or maxillofacial surgery. It helps regenerate bone tissue, facilitating the formation and growth of new bone. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will incise your jaw or the site with deteriorated bone and place bone material harvested from your hip or tibia to stimulate growth. We will then perform surgery weeks or months later after your bone has the desired volume, density, and structure.

Reasons You May Need a Bone Graft Before Surgery


Anyone with severe bone loss in the jaws or maxillofacial sinus is an ideal candidate for bone grafting. If you have missing teeth or bone diseases like osteonecrosis, you are more vulnerable to significant bone loss. Our surgeon will recommend grafting to restore your bone density prior to your surgical procedure. A bone graft is necessary before getting dentures, dental implants, and other maxillofacial restorations.

Benefits of Bone Grafting


Bone grafting has numerous benefits. The procedure involves harvesting bone material from your body, preventing compatibility issues. A bone graft contains cells that trigger natural healing. The process has no risk of disease transmission or infection. It also restores your bone volume and density, allowing you to undergo various restorative procedures for optimal oral and maxillofacial health.

Recovery and Aftercare


It takes several weeks or months for the graft to fuse with your bone tissue. You can expedite healing by refraining from intense physical activities, avoiding hot foods and liquids, and following the recovery guidelines. We may prescribe antibiotics and pain management medications.

Contact Our Practice Today


Bone grafting can help restore deteriorated bone density and structure, ensuring you are ready to undergo oral and maxillofacial surgery. Visit our practice to know if you are an ideal candidate for bone grafting.

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