Bone Grafting and the Importance of the Procedure

Your jawbone can deteriorate due to aging, periodontal disease, or trauma. A bone density assessment is usually performed before a dental implant. Monterey bone grafting is recommended if your bone has resorbed. Discover why the procedure is necessary and how it can promote oral health.

Why is bone grafting necessary?

Bone grafting uses a scaffold with compounds to strengthen the jawbone. The process also involves stimulating the body’s regenerative process. Ultimately, it aims to restore the bone to its original state to support artificial teeth.

Dentists recommend the procedure for dental cases where the underlying bone shows severe degeneration. Your bone may regenerate because of factors such as:

  • Periodontal disease: The condition emerges at advanced stages of gum inflammation. Bacteria in your oral cavity attack soft tissue and the jawbone. In the later phases, the bone wears off and loosens the teeth. The teeth may fall off in extreme cases of periodontitis.
  • Missing tooth: The jawbone requires continuous stimulation from the teeth to maintain its density. One or more missing teeth often lead to depletion of the bone. A dental implant can stop the deterioration of the jawbone. If the bone loss is severe, your provider will recommend grafting to restore its density.
  • Tooth malocclusions: The teeth’s alignment ensures optimum stimulation of the underlying bone. Therefore, malocclusions or spaces between teeth can reduce the pressure on the teeth. Bone resorption may worsen over time. You may need bone grafting before a straightening procedure to support teeth.

How does grafting work?

Adequate bone density is critical for supporting the artificial roots of a dental implant. Bone resorption may loosen teeth and trigger oral health complications. Grafting employs technological advancements to ensure outstanding outcomes.

Allograft bone matrix

An allograft is bone tissue acquired from a donor bank. Using bone from outside the patient’s body has several advantages.

Acquiring the bone from a donor bank reduces the need for additional surgical procedures. The patient heals faster since there are fewer incisions.

The quality of the allograft tissue undergoes numerous checks before arriving at the dental office. That ensures better outcomes after the procedure.

Platelet-rich fibrin

PRP is plasma with a higher growth factor and platelet concentration than normal blood. The solution contains coagulation and anti-inflammatory agents that regulate inflammation.

PRP fibrin is a matrix that serves as a platform for tissue healing. It creates a structure where the bone can regenerate without interfering with the surrounding cells.

Radiograph assessments and lab studies show PRP fibrin is effective for bone tissue regeneration. It also arrests gingival recession, prevalent in patients requiring a bone graft.

Bone graft recovery

The extent of grafting your jawbone requires will define the duration of recovery. The process may take three months to a year as the bone heals. However, most side effects disappear within the first two weeks.

Your body’s healing process can vary from other patients undergoing the procedure. Your dental specialist will review your progress as you recover.

To schedule a dental consultation, contact Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bayor or book an appointment online.

William Thomas

William Thomas