Most cases of periodontal disease are treatable using minimally invasive procedures, such as scaling and root planing or gum surgery. However, periodontal disease that has been allowed to progress can result in deteriorated bone beneath the gums. When bone is destroyed by gum disease, it can no longer adequately support the teeth, eventually leading to total tooth loss. In these cases, a periodontist may recommend bone grafting – also known as regenerative surgery. During this procedure, a prepared graft is placed in the areas where bone should be, which encourages the body to rebuild the areas lost to periodontal disease.
Did you know…
that periodontal bone grafting is not just for advanced periodontal disease patients? In fact, more and more patients are undergoing bone grafting procedures to gain enough bone structure to support dental implants. Bone beneath the gums naturally resorbs and shrinks in volume following tooth loss. Bone grafting rebuilds these ridges and makes it possible for many patients to get fixed tooth prosthetics instead of removable dentures.
Will I need bone grafting?
The only way to know if you are a candidate for periodontal bone grafting is by scheduling a consultation with your periodontist. An exam will reveal the condition of your teeth, gums, and the supporting bone beneath. X-Ray images will allow Dr. Nguyen to accurately assess the jaw bones. Based on your evaluation, Dr. Nguyen will make a recommendation for treatment.