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.
CAN BONE GRAFTING PREVENT DRY SOCKET?
A bone graft can provide extra security against the painful condition called dry socket. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged from the tooth extraction site. This exposes sensitive nerves and causes a lot of pain. A bone graft will cover those nerve endings preventing the condition from happening.
WHY IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY AFTER EXTRACTION?
A bone graft can be a great help in preserving jaw strength after a tooth extraction. It is common to see that without a bone graft the jaw bone will shrink at the extraction site. This is due in part to the fact that the tooth and it’s root is no longer providing stimulation for the jaw bone to develop new bone cells. As old bone cells die they are no longer replaced and the jaw bone can weaken. Many surgeons have observed that a bone graft can help maintain the jaw bone strength. This is very important as the jaw bone will need to continue to provide structure and support for the remaining teeth inside your mouth. A bone graft will also help if you plan to have a dental implant. The dental implant needs to be inserted into a jaw bone that is strong and healthy for a good bond to form.
IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY FOR DENTURES?
Bone grafting is sometimes a necessary step for those that want to get dental implants. What if you are planning to get dentures? Bone grafts are used to strengthen the jaw bone. A strong jaw bone is important when you have dentures fitted as it will give a good foundation for the dentures to sit on. Another reason for having a bone graft is that it will smooth the surface of your jaw bone. This can greatly reduce the chance of dentures slipping inside the mouth.