Posted on 3/13/2018 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
|Your jawbone needs to be of sufficient size and mass to support a dental implant. The jawbone may deteriorate as a result of a missing tooth or gum disease, especially if it remains untreated for a considerable period of time.
Bone grafting involves of moving of bone materials (or synthetic mimics) to the required site to facilitate growth.
The procedure can be extensive depending on the part of your jaw that needs to be grafted. Every procedure has potential risks and complications. Here are some of the complications that are associated with the bone graft.
Bone Graft FailureOne of the possible complications that could arise is the failure of the graft to fuse with the bone. This can be caused by a number of factors. One of the factors is placing implants at the same time with the bone grafts.
This is possible for some patients who have sufficient bone mass to support the implant and let it fuse with the bone as the graft heals. The main problem is that when the bone does not have sufficient mass, it will often lead to the failure of the entire procedure. Disease such as diabetes can also lead to poor healing of wounds and when this happens the bone graft is likely to fail.
An infection can compromise the healing process after a bone graft procedure. There are a number of factors that could cause an infection. If you have gum disease, you'll need to have it treated before you go for the procedure. Gum disease can further deteriorate your bone, making grafting impossible. Poor surgical techniques or materials can also cause infections.
Infections may also occur during recovery if the patient fails to observe the instructions on how to maintain dental hygiene. Mild infection can be treated, but if the infection is extensive, the bone graft will be reduced and the procedure will have to be done all over again. If you have any questions regarding oral health, call us or visit our offices today.