Bone Grafts

James E Butler, DMD -  - Implant Dentist

Innovative Dental Ideas

James E Butler, DMD

Implant Dentist & General Dentist located in Hilliard, OH

If you’re in need of more bone material in your jaw, whether it’s to support a dental implant or to treat damage from gum disease, then Innovative Dental Ideas has you covered. Conveniently located in Hilliard, Ohio, James Butler, DMD, is a trusted source for high-quality bone grafts to strengthen your jaw and optimize your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Bone Grafts Q & A

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a minimally invasive procedure to stimulate the development of new bone tissue in your jaw. Even though the bone is a hard and rigid material, it’s in a constant cycle of regeneration. Your body deposits new bone cells and removes old ones all the time.

The downside of the recycling process is that if bone material isn’t being used, it can degenerate or “resorb.”

Smiles with missing teeth frequently suffer from bone loss in the jaw because there’s nothing there to stimulate the jawbone. This can lead to changes in the appearance of your face and complications with tooth replacement procedures.

The upside of your bones’ recycling process is that it can be manipulated to make your body produce more healthy bone tissue. By applying grafting material to areas of your jaw that need more bone tissue, you can trick your jawbone into strengthening and fortifying itself.

Why would I need a bone graft?

The team at Innovative Dental Ideas might suggest a bone graft for some of the following reasons:

Supporting a dental implant

A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution wherein a tiny titanium post is implanted into your jawbone to support a crown, bridge, or dentures.

In order to work properly, a dental implant needs a good volume of jawbone to fuse with. If your missing teeth have caused you to lose too much bone material in your jaw, a bone graft can help reinforce the foundation for an implant.

Following a tooth extraction

It’s common practice for Dr. Butler to deposit grafting material into your tooth socket after an extraction. This is done in order to strengthen the bone in preparation for a dental implant.

Saving teeth from gum disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gum tissue that can eventually eat away at the bone around your teeth. In order to prevent tooth loss, Dr. Butler can regenerate the damaged bone material with a bone graft.

What’s involved in getting a bone graft?

A bone graft is a fairly simple procedure performed in-office under local anesthetic. Dr. Butler makes a small incision in your gum tissue that exposes some of the bone beneath it and then applies grafting material to the bone.  

Grafting material can be made from your own tissue, a synthetic substance, or bone from an animal or human donor. It comes in many different forms, like granules, putty, powder, or injectable gels.

Once Dr. Butler has applied the material, your incision will be sewn shut. Your body replaces the grafting material with natural bone tissue over the next few months.

Depending on your condition, Innovative Dental Ideas can perform a fast-acting bone graft that uses special materials to help your bone regenerate on the same day as your procedure.

Get started with your bone graft today by calling scheduling an appointment at Innovative Dental Ideas. You can book your visit by phone or online.