Dental Bone Grafting
Jawbone recession can occur due to a prolonged absence of teeth, trauma, or untreated gum disease. Without adequate jawbone density, patients may be ineligible for dental implant treatment. In these cases, a dental bone graft can be performed to add volume to the jaw and restore candidacy for implant-supported restorations. Drs. Abid Paghdiwala offers this procedure at Pearl Dental Arts, serving Levittown, PA, so that patients can undergo every stage of dental implant treatment in one convenient location.
Why Are Bone Grafts Necessary?
Bone grafts are versatile and can be used in conjunction with several types of dental procedures. For example, a dental bone graft can:
- Save your teeth: If periodontal disease has compromised bone tissue in your jaw, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. A bone graft can be placed to stabilize the tooth and encourage the regeneration of natural bone tissue.
- Fill the socket after an extraction: Also referred to as ridge preservation, a socket graft is placed immediately after tooth removal. This helps prevent the collapse of the bone ridge and keeps replacement options open for the future.
- Prepare the jaw for dental implants: Dental implants must be placed in healthy, dense bone tissue. If the jawbone tissue is inadequate, a bone graft can prepare the area for dental implant placement.
What to Expect during Treatment
To begin the bone grafting procedure, your doctor administers local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Next, a small incision is created in the gum tissue, which allows access to the underlying jawbone. A bone graft is then added to the area of deficiency, and the gums are repositioned and sutured into place.
If the jawbone volume is inadequate, a bone graft can prepare the area for dental implant placement.
In most cases, patients will need to heal for approximately three months before undergoing dental implant surgery. During this time of recovery, the area will grow stronger, providing an optimal foundation for your dental implant posts.
Dental bone grafting can restore a viable foundation for your implants.
The Benefits of Restoring Your Jaw with a Graft
A dental bone graft offers numerous advantages for qualifying patients. For example, this preparatory procedure:
- Expands restorative options: Before the advent of dental implants, patients could only replace teeth with dental bridges or partial dentures. While these are still viable options in some cases, dental implants are widely accepted as the most dependable long-term replacement solution.
- Supports oral health: Bone deterioration is a natural side effect of tooth loss. When this occurs, it can cause a domino effect of dental problems, such as loose teeth, shifting, and eventual tooth loss. A dental bone graft halts bone recession and reduces the risk of atrophy in the future.
- Enhances appearance: Those who have suffered for a long period with missing teeth often develop gaunt or sunken cheeks. A bone graft restores the bone ridge and fills areas of deficiency for a more youthful appearance.
Contact Pearl Dental Arts
If you have suffered significant jawbone recession, consider what a dental bone graft can do for you. Drs. Abid Paghdiwala has a Mastership in Implant Dentistry from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). With advanced training and technology, he provides top-tier care for our patients. To learn more, or to schedule a visit, reach out to us online today or call us at our Levittown, PA office at 215-949-8000.