What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is done to augment or strengthen the bone surrounding a tooth or teeth. It's commonly done when there has been bone loss due to periodontal disease, trauma, or tooth loss. It's also done to maintain the jawbone's structure after a tooth has been extracted. Dental bone grafting simply adds bone or bone-like material into areas in the jaw where more is needed. The basic procedure involves an incision into the gums so they can be pulled away from the tooth where more bone material is needed, or placing bone material in a prepared empty socket after an extraction. The gums are sutured closed or a protective covering is placed over the area to allow healing to occur. After a while, the grafting material will consolidate with the existing bone, resulting in regrowth and rejuvenation.
When a tooth is missing and not replaced, the bone in the area begins to gradually be resorbed into the body. This is because when the previous tooth root was in place, it stimulated the bone and tissues. Without the tooth, the bone starts to reduce. Surrounding teeth begin to shift and move toward the empty socket, resulting in crooked teeth. An additional consequence of deteriorating bone is the collapse of the facial structure. People who lose their teeth without replacing them commonly begin to look older than they are as the jawbone shrinks. Bone grafts are also commonly done to make it possible to place an implant. There must be enough bone available to provide a sound foundation. Bone grafts are a simple solution. Before this technology was available, many people could not get implants.
Dr. Fariborz Matian and Dr. Aida Yashar have been successfully performing for the past 25 years bone grafting, ridge augmentation and placement of dental implants in grafted bone. Their extensive experience and great bedside manners allows them to deliver among the best periodontists. The entire staff takes great care to make sure all your questions are answered and that you are comfortable during treatment. We also follow up with you after your procedure to ensure you are doing well. We are confident you will love the results. For more information on bone grafting, contact us today.