Periodontal disease doesn’t only affect your gums—it can also lead to bone loss in your oral cavity. This might also be caused by poorly fitting dentures or through injury, but regardless of the reason, dental bone loss presents a serious problem for your oral health. Bone grafting is one way to remedy the situation and to even encourage new bone growth in the affected area.

There are three types of bone grafting procedures. In an autogenous bone graft, a piece of bone is removed from elsewhere in the patient’s body to implant in the mouth. With an allograft, bone is taken from a human donor and is used to implant in the patient’s mouth. Finally, there is the xenograft, in which synthetic bone is created in a laboratory and then used in the bone graft procedure.

Benefits of Bone Grafting from Our FLOSS Katy office

  • Dental bone grafting restores facial shape and symmetry that may have been lost due to tooth loss or injury.
  • If dental implants are needed where the bone has been lost, bone grafting gives the implant a place to go.
  • If there are any ridges causing the jawbone to be uneven, bone grafting will even them out.
  • Bone grafting might be a necessary part of other procedures, such as nerve repositioning.

Dental Bone Grafting Procedure

First, the bone will need to be harvested from a secondary site if opting for an autogenous bone graft. This will be performed either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on how much bone is needed. Once the bone is removed, it is then implanted into the new site. The gum is sutured together, and you will need to return in 10 days for a follow-up appointment to make sure the area is healing properly. Bone grafting is a simple procedure with a high success rate and low risk of complications.

If you’d like to ask your dentist about bone grafting, contact our FLOSS Katy office today!