Along with causing tooth loss, gum disease can deteriorate jawbones if the disease isn’t treated. Losing bone can cause teeth to loosen and fall out, the face will appear sunken, and replacing teeth with implants can be difficult. Fortunately, our dentists at the Salinas Dental Group in Houston, TX, can do bone grafting procedure to restore jawbones.

How are Bone Grafts Done?

After taking images and measuring the jaw to determine how much of it has deteriorated, one of our dentists will make a surgical plan and select the materials to graft with the remaining jawbone.

Bone grafting materials may be natural or synthetic. It could include a bone from either a sterilised animal or human donor bone. Other options include these synthetic materials for grafting:

  • Powder
  • Granules
  • Gel
  • Putty

Most grafting material is bone minerals so that your body will produce bone cells around them to form a support structure for your face and replacement teeth.

What is the Procedure for Dental Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure that one of our dentists at Salinas Dental Group will perform in our Houston, TX office. The patient receives local anaesthesia, which may be oral or IV sedation, to put them in a relaxed state.

Then, the dentist will make an incision in the gum to access the bone where the graft will take place. He or she inserts the grafting material, whether it’s a bone from a donor or one of the other synthetic options. After closing the incision, the dentist will send you home with aftercare instructions to prevent infection at the site.

It takes several months for the graft to knit with your remaining jawbone and to be strong enough to support dental implants. During this time, the dentist may want you to avoid strenuous exercise and eat soft foods to reduce the chances of the graft failing.

If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, contact our offices at Salinas Dental Group to consult with one of our dentists. They can examine your jaw to determine if it can support implants or if bone grafting will be necessary.