Your body is an amazing thing – it has the ability to ward off disease, recover from illness and heal itself from damage like minor cuts and bruises. Unfortunately, not all parts of your body heal as easily as your skin. When you suffer bone loss as a result of gum disease or tooth extraction, your body may need help repairing or replacing the damaged or lost bone.
Who can benefit from bone regeneration?
Bone Grafting After Gum Disease
As we get older, we become more susceptible to infections of all kinds, including those that lead to gum disease. As the infection progresses, the bacteria “eat away” at the bone, leaving your teeth with gradually less support until they become loose or shaky. In early stages of the gum disease, Dr. Parham may recommend non-surgical treatment such as scaling and root planing to help rid your gums and bone of the infection. However, in more advanced stages, you may require surgical therapy that includes bone regeneration techniques to build back the bone you have lost. An adequate amount of bone will not only support the tooth that has suffered from bone loss, but the adjacent teeth as well!
Bone Grafts to Prepare for Dental Implants
Prior to considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, Dr. Parham will evaluate the amount of bone you have available. A sufficient volume of bone is vital for proper crown placement for the most natural-looking, stable and functional replacement teeth. If you have lost a substantial amount of bone due to the absence of one tooth or many teeth, you may require bone grafting to build back the lost bone. Implants placed in healthy, thick bone are also more predictable and successful for the long term future.
How does periodontal bone grafting work?
Depending on the amount of bone needed for a particular tooth or area, Dr. Parham will choose a the proper materials and method for bone grafting. Dr. Parham may use your own bone, or he may elect to use a synthetic graft to build your jaw bone to a healthy height and breadth. We also have the advanced technology of special healing membranes that will help the graft to integrate and heal quickly and predictably. In many cases, we can place your dental implants at the time your bone graft is placed, shortening your wait for an excellent final result! As always, during the surgery you will have the benefit of sedation dentistry, so you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed.
Want to know more about bone grafting?
If you have questions about your specific case or would like to discuss bone grafts with Dr. Parham, please call (706) 278-5344 for a consultation appointment, or request an appointment online.
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