Dental bone grafting is a specialized periodontal procedure that has been developed to reestablish jawbone that has been lost. This loss can be a result of:
- Dental infection or abscess
- Periodontal disease
Our Los Angeles periodontists suggest various reasons for replacing lost bone tissue and encouraging natural growth, as each technique tackles jawbone defects differently. Reasons that jawline grafting might be needed include:
- Sinus Augmentation
- Socket Preservation
- Ridge Augmentation
Bone grafting thickens the jawbone to allow for the successful placement of dental implants. Bone grafts can also help elevate the sinus floor, fill craters in the jawbone, and restore lost bone around teeth from periodontal disease. The grafting material may be harvested from the patient himself, or artificial bone may be used. In most cases, a small opening is made in the jawbone and then packed with the bone grafting material. Sutures are placed, and restorative treatments are performed once healing is complete.
Ridge augmentation procedures are used to treat deformities in the jawbone which have occurred due to periodontal disease, trauma, or birth defects. During the ridge augmentation procedure, Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky gently pulls the gum away from the bone to fully expose the defect. The defect is then filled with bone graft material and sutured closed. When healing occurs, the cosmetic appearance of the jaw is much improved and implants can be successfully placed where necessary.
Sinus augmentation is usually performed prior to the placement of dental implants. The success of an implant is highly dependent on the quantity and quality of the jawbone to which it will be attached. If the jawbone has receded, a sinus augmentation can slightly elevate the sinus floor to allow new bone to form. Generally, a small incision is made and the underlying space is packed with grafting material. The incision is sutured closed, and the implant will be placed once healing has occurred.
What to Expect From Dental Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces or augments the jawbone around the teeth. Before deciding if this treatment option is right for you, Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky in Los Angeles will perform an evaluation. With the use of X-rays and/or CT Scans, the quality and quantity of bone mass is revealed. If it is deemed insufficient, Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky will then implant jawline augmentation material, which acts as a matrix into which the patient’s own jawbone can grow. Once the procedure is completed, the patient will be asked to wait for three to four months before coming in for a second set of X-rays. It will then be determined whether or not the area is ready for implant placement.
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Why is This Periodontal Procedure Needed?
This dental graft procedure is performed to reverse the bone loss caused by periodontal disease, trauma, birth defects, or ill-fitting removable dentures. For example, when one loses a tooth from extraction, the surrounding tissue collapses. A bone graft is then performed to preserve the jawbone for future implant placement or for other aesthetic reasons.
Examples of this include:
- Augmenting bone in the sinus area for implant placement
- Augmenting bone to enhance the fit and comfort of removable prostheses
- Enhancing the aesthetics of a missing tooth site in the smile zone
- Regenerating bone lost due to periodontal disease
Contact Periodontists in Los Angeles Today
The CENTER is a periodontal office focused on providing patients with excellent and skilled care at affordable prices, with the goal of restoring oral health and aesthetic appearance.
If you are considering a dental jawbone graft, schedule a consultation with Los Angeles periodontist Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky today.
Next, learn about a sinus augmentation (also known as a sinus lift).