When you have lost one or more teeth, the damage to your mouth doesn’t end there. Hidden below the surface of the gum line, your bone is slowly dissolving away. This not only affects your ability to have dental implants, it also can change the look of your whole face. That’s where bone grafting comes in.
Bone grafting is a periodontal regenerative surgery aimed at restoring the lost bone and encouraging new growth. It is a necessary step for patients who want to get dental implants but don’t have sufficient alveolar bone remaining to support the post.
When a tooth is missing, there is no longer force being exerted on the alveolar bone during chewing. Without this constant force, the alveolar bone eventually dissolves; leaving behind only the basal bone and causing a facial deformity.
During a bone grafting procedure, grafting material composed of your own bone, Cadaver bone, cow bone or synthetic glasses is injected into your jaw and covered with a barrier made from human skin, cow skin or synthetic materials. During the following 6 to 9 months, your own body finishes the job by filling it in with it’s own bone and soft tissue. This allows your tooth to reattach to the jawbone.
If your tooth and bone loss was due to periodontal disease, it is even more important than ever to have good home care routine and maintain regular periodontal checkups. If caught early, gum disease is completely reversible and we can prevent you from loosing anything else to it. Periodontitis is a condition that will not heal on its own, so if your gums are puffy, bleeding or visibly receding; you need to call us right away. The sooner we can treat your gum disease, the less invasive the solution will be.