Bone grafting is a perfect solution for patients who have lost tooth structure due to periodontal disease or trauma. In cases of gum disease, our periodontist in Milford and West Haven assesses the need for bone grafting to ensure optimal support for your teeth.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves replacing missing or deteriorated bone structure with healthy bone from another part of your body or from a donor. This procedure is used when insufficient jaw bone is left to support the teeth. The goal of bone grafting is to replace the damaged bone with new bone that will heal and fuse together to form a strong structure to support teeth and gums.
Bone grafting is most often done on patients who have:
During a bone grafting surgery, the oral surgeon will place a small incision into the gum tissue to expose the bone area. They will clean and disinfect the area, and then place the donor bone in the affected area. After the graft has been placed, the gum tissue is replaced and sutured.
The bone graft takes about 6-8 weeks to integrate with the surrounding tissues fully. During this time, you should avoid any strenuous activity. Once the bone graft has healed, you can return to normal activities.
There are a number of reasons that a dental patient may need a bone grafting procedure.
If you need dental implants for missing teeth, bone grafting may be required before placing the implant. Implants require a solid foundation to hold them in place. Without a strong base, they could move out of position and cause further damage to your jawbone.
Gum disease causes pockets to form between the teeth and the gums. These pockets allow bacteria to enter the mouth and destroy the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. When the infection becomes severe, the bone begins to die away. As the bone dies, more and more teeth become loose and may eventually fall out. Bone grafting helps rebuild the bone that supports these teeth. It also prevents future problems caused by gum disease.
Our team of dental professionals in Milford and West Haven is highly trained in oral surgeries, including bone grafting procedures. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!