Periodontal Bone Grafting:
In severe cases of periodontal disease, bone grafts are often placed in defects around teeth that can possibly be regenerated. Guided tissue bone regeneration “regenerates” the previously lost gum and bone tissue. Your periodontist at PerioLife may recommend a bone graft procedure if the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue around your teeth. During this procedure, your periodontist lifts back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes, bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. This is a great way to treat periodontal disease and save teeth from extractions.
There are many options to strengthen your teeth and to restore your jawbone to a healthy level. Your periodontist at PerioLife will discuss the best options for you.
What Are the Benefits of This Procedure?
Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by periodontal disease. With a combination of at-home oral care and professional cleanings, you will increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally speaking, the recovery time can be anywhere from two weeks to over two months. If a patient has to undergo dental implant surgery, they will have to wait until the bone graft is fused with the bones that are already in the mouth. That usually takes a few months.
Bone grafts are an outpatient dental procedure, and patients are typically sedated throughout the entire process. You shouldn't feel any pain as the graft heals.
Yes, but not likely. Your periodontist will discuss whether you are a candidate for bone grafting as not all cases can be bone grafted. Habits such as smoking or vaping can greatly hinder the healing of the bone graft. Furthermore, certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes prevent the bone graft from healing properly.
You will experience some swelling after the bone grafting procedure. This is a natural part of healing. Make sure to ake your prescribed medications. Icing the affected areas on the outside of your face can help reduce the inflammation. Typically, the gums heal within the first week but the underlying bone will continue to mature over 3-6 months.