Family Dental Care
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Emergency Dentists located in West Palm Beach, FL
A bone graft is a procedure that helps restore lost bone tissue in your jaw. Whether you’re getting dental implants or treating gum disease, Michael C. Westcott, DDS, and Sujay Trivedi, DMD, and the team of dental professionals at Family Dental Care can improve your smile with an easy and effective bone graft. To learn more, schedule a visit to the state-of-the-art office in West Palm Beach, Florida, by calling the office or booking online today.
Bone Grafts Q & A
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a procedure that your Family Dental Care dentist performs to help your jaw regrow lost bone tissue.
Even though bone seems like a hard and stable material, it’s actually a living organism that’s constantly regenerating. It’s therefore susceptible to deteriorating or resorbing. Some of the more common conditions that can cause you to lose bone tissue in your jaw include:
Your tooth roots naturally provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone. When you’re missing a tooth in your smile, that area of your jaw loses stimulation, which causes the bone tissue to atrophy.
In more severe cases of periodontitis, the toxins found in plaque and tartar can make their way past your teeth and gums and actually infect your jawbone, breaking down your bone tissue and causing it to deteriorate.
When do I need a bone graft?
Some of the reasons you might need a bone graft include:
Gum disease treatment
If you experience periodontitis that’s eroded the tissue in your jawbone, Family Dental Care can perform a bone graft to regenerate the lost bone material. Reinforcing your bone support can help keep your teeth from falling out as a result of the disease.
Today’s tooth extractions are frequently followed up with a bone graft. That helps keep your bone tissue strong after you’ve lost your tooth, which makes it easier for you to get a dental implant.
Dental implants are one of the most state-of-the-art solutions for replacing a missing tooth. But to get dental implants, you need to have good bone volume and density in the area of your implant. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue to support a dental implant, your dentist at Family Dental Care can augment your jaw with a bone graft.
What is involved in getting a bone graft?
A bone graft is a fairly simple procedure performed in the office of Family Dental Care. Your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and makes a small incision in your gums to access your bone beneath. They deposit the grafting material, then sew up the incision.
Over the next few months, your body naturally starts building new bone tissue around the grafting material.
Get started with your bone graft today and schedule an appointment with Family Dental Care by phone or online.