Rebuild Your Jaw bone with Bone Grafting
When periodontal treatment is sought early, the destruction caused by periodontal disease can be prevented, or at least mitigated to a large degree. In severe cases of periodontal disease, however, the infection in your gum tissues can spread to the jaw bone, causing the loss of bone structure and weakening your supportive structures. Bone grafting (also referred to as ridge augmentation or a sinus lift, depending on which bone is modified) is the process of rebuilding lost jaw bone structure around your teeth. It is often recommended before dental implant placement for patients with decreased jaw bone density.
Types of Bone Grafting
If Dr. Vahadi recommends bone grafting, you may have several methods to choose from depending on your specific needs and preferences. Autogenous grafts involve using bone from a nonessential area, like the chin, and are often preferable because the graft is sourced from within the patient’s own body. Allografts and xenografts also utilize biologically genuine bone tissue, but are taken from a thoroughly screened donor source, rather than from the patient.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Patients who have lost teeth and wish to receive dental implants may not be eligible if they have also lost a significant amount of jaw bone structure. Bone grafting helps fortify the jaw bone so that patients can enjoy the benefits of dental implants, as well as the improved appearance of a strong, healthy jawline.
What to Expect During a Bone Graft
A bone grafting procedure will normally last for anywhere from 45-90 minutes and is performed at our Lone Star Dental Care clinic. Depending on the type of bone grafting procedure your dentist has recommended, the process may differ. Two common situations when bone grafting becomes a necessity is following a tooth extraction or if bone loss is occurring below the gums.
Following the extraction of a non-restorable tooth, the remaining tooth socket will need to heal properly. Without the tooth in place, bone deterioration may continue thus making it difficult to insert dental implants into the area. With a bone graft procedure, your dental professional will utilize allograft bone graft material, or a bone substitute, to promote bone growth in that area of the jaw.
When bone loss is occurring along the ridge of your gum line, your dentist may consider restoring the bone with a graft. For this type of procedure, the gum atop the deteriorated bone will be lifted and a grafting material will be placed beneath it. This material will help promote bone growth beneath the gum line and help restore your smile.
Adding bone density to areas that are experiencing bone loss can help your dentist properly fix your smile and safely insert dental implants.
What is the Recovery Process?
Bone grafting procedures are typically invasive and can require a longer period of recovery before your dentist can fully treat the primary issue. The first two weeks after your procedure will generally be the most restricted of your recovery. Our team of dentists at Lone Star Dental Care will give specific instructions for food and drink to avoid after your bone graft. After the initial recovery period, it may take 3-6 months before a graft becomes solid bone mass. Once the bone substitute successfully turns over to your natural bone and solidifies, your dentist will continue with adding dental implants and perform any other necessary procedures.