It is important to maintain proper dental hygiene because negligence in this area will lead to gum disease, or periodontitis. Without daily brushing and flossing, bacterial buildups can form, which will leave layers of plaque on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed by brushing, then it will eventually harden to become tartar – a substance that is far more difficult to remove than plaque. Tartar deposits can give bacteria access to deeper parts of your gums, resulting in bone decay and infection.
If enough bone decay occurs, then your surrounding teeth may become loose or fall out completely. To solve this problem, you will likely need a bone graft to properly insert a dental implant. Here at Blue Periodontics, our team of professionals has experience in treating periodontitis in all of its stages, including the most severe ones. This article will cover the different types of bone graft surgeries and what each process entails.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a dental procedure that involves taking bone material from another source and attaching it to where the bone needs to be to ensure proper healing or to provide stability to a certain area. Periodontitis can decay bones enough so that they are no longer a suitable support for dental implants. If you have a tooth or teeth fall out due to gum disease, then it is likely that you will need a bone graft to get the necessary support for an implant to be properly installed.
Bone material for a bone graft procedure can be sourced from the patient or a foreign entity. If it is taken from the patient, then bone material will be taken from an area that will not be harmed by the removal of small fragments of bone. You can also receive bone material from a donor, which can be another person or even an animal. This material will be sterilized and is completely safe to use.
What are the Types of Bone Grafts?
According to Forest Park Dental, three main types of bone graft procedures can be performed. The first is called a block bone graft. In this procedure, bone material is taken from the back of the jaw close to where the wisdom teeth are located. This bone material will then be placed wherever it is needed for dental implants to be inserted.
The second type of bone grafting procedure is known as a socket graft. This is a common grafting procedure for people who need dental implants. In this scenario, bone material is placed in the area where the bone has been resorbed or decayed. The socket graft prevents further decay so that an implant can have a sturdy base to attach to.
The third type of bone grafting procedure is referred to as a sinus lift. If you are missing molars in the top arch of your mouth, your sinus may begin to stretch downwards to replace the gap left by the missing teeth. A sinus lift puts the sinus back in place and uses a bone graft to fill the gap.
Your teeth may suffer severely from periodontitis and if your teeth have fallen out, you may need a bone graft to properly install an implant. If you are suffering from gum disease, call Blue Periodontics at (970) 678-3473 to schedule an appointment today.