Why You Might Need a Bone Graft
Our bones are remodeling themselves all the time. The body constantly replaces old bone cells with new ones. The same is true for the jawbone. In fact, it is the adaptability of the jawbone structure that allows your dentist to move the teeth into their desired position using orthodontic treatment. Periodontal disease or tooth loss can also cause changes in the jawbone in the form of bone deterioration. When you lose a lot of teeth and bone, you will appear more aged because your facial features will start to sag. At Celebration Family Dental, we can perform a bone grafting procedure to build up any lost bone and boost your appearance and health.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure performed in our office under the effect of local anesthesia. The procedure involves making an incision in the gums to gain access to the bone underneath. The grafting material is then placed and covered with a protective collagen membrane to allow it to fuse easily with the natural bone. The graft may be harvested from your own body, from a donor, or it could be made of a synthetic bone material.
- Prior to placement of Dental Implants: Dental implant surgery has a higher success rate if there is a good amount of bone density and volume at the implant site. Bone grafting is done prior to implant surgery in order to provide optimal support in the mouth for the prosthetic tooth roots.
- After tooth Extractions: Nowadays, it is common to perform bone grafting at the site of a freshly extracted tooth so that if you wish to get dental implants later, you will have sufficient bone to support them.
- Preventing tooth loss: When bone loss is caused by advanced periodontal disease, the teeth can become loose and are at a high risk of becoming dislodged. Bone regeneration can increase the bone support and help keep the tooth in place.
If you are considering implant surgery to replace your missing teeth, it is a good idea to get yourself evaluated for the need for bone grafting. To do so, contact us today for a consultation.