Rebuild Your Jaw bone with Bone Grafting
When periodontal treatment is sought early, the destruction caused by periodontal disease can be prevented, or at least mitigated to a large degree. In severe cases of periodontal disease, however, the infection in your gum tissues can spread to the jaw bone, causing the loss of bone structure and weakening your supportive structures. Bone grafting (also referred to as ridge augmentation or a sinus lift, depending on which bone is modified) is the process of rebuilding lost jaw bone structure around your teeth. It is often recommended before dental implant placement for patients with decreased jaw bone density.
Types of Bone Grafting
If Dr. Vahadi recommends bone grafting, you may have several methods to choose from depending on your specific needs and preferences. Autogenous grafts involve using bone from a nonessential area, like the chin, and are often preferable because the graft is sourced from within the patient’s own body. Allografts and xenografts also utilize biologically genuine bone tissue, but are taken from a thoroughly screened donor source, rather than from the patient.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Patients who have lost teeth and wish to receive dental implants may not be eligible if they have also lost a significant amount of jaw bone structure. Bone grafting helps fortify the jaw bone so that patients can enjoy the benefits of dental implants, as well as the improved appearance of a strong, healthy jaw line.