If you’re experiencing bleeding and sore gums, you may have first-stage gum disease, also known as gingivitis. This can lead to periodontitis – a more serious form of gum disease. It invades the gum and tissue beneath the teeth and can even cause the bone and tissue to break down, causing tooth loss. In addition, it can also cause you to look much older than you are. There are, however, helpful surgery procedures available, such as bone grafts. So, when is a bone graft your best option? Keep reading – we’ll look into it below.
When Is a Bone Graft Your Best Option?
When you lose bone from your jaw it is serious. Because when a tooth is lost, it affects the bone growth, since the force caused by teeth chewing can no longer take place to stimulate bone health. Dentists can perform surgeries after the loss of a tooth. And bone grafting can replace lost bone.
There is more than one reason why bone grafting may be the best option.
1. Dental implants
This is the method many choose for missing teeth. They do however have to be anchored to the jawbone. Bone grafting can strengthen the site.
2. Ridge augmentation
Trauma, periodontal disease, etc. can cause ridges to occur in the bone. A bone graft will fill in the ridge.
3. Nerve repositioning
A bone grafting procedure may be required for things such as the inferior alveolar nerve. It allows feeling in the lower lip and chin.
4. Sinus lift
The sinus membrane and grafting bone are elevated onto the sinus floor so the implants can be placed.
Grafted bone can be taken from another human, the patient, or an animal – or even made from synthetic materials. In addition, the graft material is always disinfected and safe for use. The procedure is usually done under local anesthetic unless a large amount of bone is needed. In that case, general anesthesia will be administered. In many instances, because of modern grafting technology, you can experience new bone growth along with controlled growth, yielding the best result.
The best way to prevent bone loss is to practice good oral hygiene which prevents gum disease. If you have questions about bone grafts, or if you want to make an appointment with one of our skilled surgeons at East Brainerd Oral Surgery, call us today at (423) 296-8210.