The bone regeneration procedure is not painful. It is usually performed under local anesthesia although, in certain cases, it can be performed under general anesthesia.
The only uncomfortable moment is at the beginning, when the local anesthetic is infiltrated as it is usually done for other treatments, such as the treatment of dental caries. Once anesthesia of the region to be regenerated has been achieved, the rest of the process is completely painless.
After bone regeneration, anti-inflammatory and analgesic treatment is prescribed for several days so that there is no pain after leaving the medical center.
In which cases does bone regeneration occur?
Patients who can benefit from bone regeneration are those who have lost teeth and have little or insufficient bone in the jaw or maxilla to place dental implants.
There are many causes of tooth and bone loss, such as infections of the maxilla or jaw, trauma or periodontal disease.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth for those people who want to have fixed teeth or removable prostheses with very good esthetic and functional results.
In order to place dental implants it is necessary that there is enough bone and if not, it is necessary to regenerate it.
What does bone regeneration time depend on?
There are different procedures and techniques to regenerate lost bone, although it is necessary to study each case and offer the most recommended options for each patient.
The bone used can be manufactured or can be obtained from the patient’s own mandible or maxilla without the need to generate scars outside the mouth, although bone can also be obtained from other parts of the body.
In general, small bone defects can usually be solved by avoiding obtaining bone from the patient himself and larger defects usually require the combination of manufactured bone and autologous bone (from the patient himself).
The duration of the intervention is usually less than one hour in most bone regeneration procedures.
What recommendations should be taken into account during the bone regeneration process?
In order to be able to perform the procedure, it is necessary to know the patient’s medical history and the drugs he/she takes on a regular basis, especially those that may interfere with bone metabolism or coagulation.
Once the intervention is performed, care, hygiene and medical treatment recommendations are explained in order to avoid pain and prevent inflammation and infections. Bone regeneration is a predictable and safe method to recover lost teeth with a functional and aesthetic result.
For more information, consult a specialist in Maxillofacial Surgery.