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The Importance Of Visiting A Dentist During Pregnancy

Hello, my name is Karla Madison and this is my blog about the importance of dental care during pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my second child, my gums would bleed when I brushed my teeth. I went to my dentist and he told me that I had pregnancy gingivitis. He also informed me that this is a common condition for pregnant women because their hormones are changing during pregnancy. I followed the instructions of my dentist and my gums stopped bleeding and were healthy again. I also started doing research about the importance of dental care during pregnancy. If you're pregnant, you should read this blog to learn why it's so important to keep up with dental care while pregnant. This blog will give you the information you need so that you can have healthy teeth and gums during your pregnancy.



The Importance Of Visiting A Dentist During Pregnancy

What To Know About Bone Grafts For Dental Implants

by Rose Hale

Has your dentist told you that you will need to have a bone graft procedure before getting dental implants? If so, you might be worried about going through this additional procedure. Thankfully, a bone graft is not as scary as the procedure sounds. Here is what you should know about two types of bone graft procedures before moving forward with getting it done.

Socket Bone Grafts

Socket bone grafts are also referred to as ridge preservation bone grafts. The alternative name for the procedure helps tell you more about what is involved when getting it done. It's common to use an animal bone for a socket bone graft rather than take the bone from another part of your body. When the dentist extracts the tooth, they will place a bone into the empty socket to help preserve the part of your jawbone and support the implant that will go in its place.

The composition of socket bone grafts are actually granules of small bone and not just a single piece of a bone. When it is placed into the tooth socket, it's held in place by using stitches, which allows the bone to completely fuse with the jaw. It will take a few months for the fusion to become complete, but when it is finished, your dentist can move forward with placing the dental implant into your jaw.

Block Bone Grafts

Your dentist will recommend block bone grafts when the implant procedure will require more than what socket bone grafts can offer. This is often when there's significant bone loss, which can happen due to an infection that caused the jawbone to deteriorate.

The procedure for installing block bone grafts involves using a healthy part of the jawbone that is not necessary for your dental implants. The bone will be moved to the place where it needs to go, and secured in place using screws. Once the body integrates with the jawbone, those screws will be removed so that you can get ready to install the dental implant. The healing process takes several months, so it can be a while until you can move forward with having the dental implants installed.

Have questions about either of these two bone graft procedures? Meet with a cosmetic dentist like George Kourakin for a consultation. They will let you know which type of bone graft procedure will work best for your situation, and move forward with scheduling the procedure if it is necessary.