Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, infects the gums and can cause tissue deterioration, tooth loss, and even jaw bone loss. If you have suffered from periodontal disease, then your jaw may be weaker and have a lower bone density. A jaw with bone loss not only provides less support for your teeth, but it may be unable to support dental implants. If you want to restore structure to your jaw bone, then visit our office for a bone grafting procedure.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is when we apply a small amount of grafting material to affected areas in the jaw. The grafting material will either come from bone marrow in your own body or from other sources like human cadavers, cows, or synthetic materials. When a graft is applied to the jaw, it will promote and aid natural bone growth, renewing the jaw’s structure.
How Are Bone Grafts Applied To The Jaw?
Dr. Michael King will inject a local anesthetic to the affected area and then make an incision in the gum tissues to expose the bone. After screwing in the graft, the gums will be sutured together. After 6-9 months, the screws can be removed because the graft will have fused to the jaw and aided tissue development there. Call our office today if you want to learn more about this procedure and how it can benefit your dental health.