Restore a Healthy Smile with Bone Grafting
Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth, but if you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed and pockets may develop. Bone grafting is a procedure that helps to restore or regenerate missing bone and attachment, which helps to avoid tooth loss.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
In many cases, you will meet with a periodontist or an oral surgeon before determining if bone grafting is right for you. Luckily, All Smiles Dental Group has dental specialists on staff to ensure you get the unique care you need.
During the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon will fold the gum tissue and remove disease-causing bacteria. Bone grafts, bio-compatible membranes or tissue-stimulating proteins are then added, all of which will enhance the support of your teeth. There are a number of different regenerative techniques and methods; for example, bone purchased from bone banks has been used effectively as a regenerative material for over 30 years. This bone is procured from healthy individuals, is carefully processed and has been proven safe.
The typical procedure is as follows:
- An oral surgeon will carefully move the gum tissue away from the involved teeth and remove tartar (calculus) deposits from the root surfaces.
- The bony defect is gently filled with the bone bank material (allogenic bone) or other synthetic materials. The gums are then replaced around the neck of the teeth with small sutures.
- The sutures are removed after about 10 days, and gentle tooth brushing can resume.
Bone grafts are also commonly used for ridge augmentation. This is a surgical technique used to restore the missing bone that is the result of extractions, injuries, cysts, and periodontal disease. This procedure can be completed in-office with local anesthesia. Stitches are placed to aid in healing. Post-surgical discomfort can last a few days and is usually minimal. It can be easily managed with commonly available over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Patients can expect to follow their normal routine the day after oral surgery. We will provide special instructions related to diet, exercise and medications.
When the bone in the sinus region of the upper jaw is not thick enough for an implant, a sinus lift is used to graft bone into the sinus.This new bone supplies the bony height and width necessary for a strong implant.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether you suffer from gum disease or had a dental injury, you may need to undergo bone grafting. We partner with Colorado Oral Surgery Group, which is a few minutes from our office. They have an experienced staff and will make your procedure comfortable and your recovery simple.
If you aren’t sure if bone grafting is necessary, it’s best to set up an initial consultation.