If you have bone loss in your jaw from gum disease or tooth loss, the expert oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, offer customized bone grafting procedures to restore your jaw and preserve your facial shape and structure. If you’re concerned about bone loss, call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a procedure to replace and restore bone loss. At Pinole Oral Surgery, the expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons transplant bone from either a cadaver or from your own body into your jawbone. The transplant fuses with your bone, adding strength, and replacing lost bone tissue.
Why would I need bone grafting?
Two of the primary causes of oral bone loss are gum disease and tooth loss. While you may know that gum disease can eat away at your gums, once the bacteria gets beneath your gums, it also breaks down the bone in your jaw that holds your teeth in place.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, which is the other common cause of bone loss in your jaw. The roots of your teeth stimulate healthy bone development in your jaw. When you lose your teeth, your jaw doesn’t get the stimulation it needs, and it not only doesn’t grow but deteriorates.
In many cases, you might not know that you have bone loss until a dental X-ray or pre-dental implant consultation reveals it. If you’re planning on dental implants, your surgeon may require bone grafting to ensure your jaw is strong enough to support implants. In some cases, they may even provide bone grafts after extractions to fill in and strengthen your sockets for future implants.
What happens during a bone grafting procedure?
After your oral surgeon thoroughly numbs your mouth and provides a sedative, they make an incision where the bone graft is needed. Then they carefully shape the transplanted tissue to fit in with your jaw and secure it in place. They may place growth factors or membranes to support the transplant and the bonding and regenerations processes.