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Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: What You Should Know

Bone grafting is a procedure that often accompanies dental implant treatment. If necessary, it is performed before the implant surgery to restore the jaw bone to a normal size and shape if prior bone damage has occurred. If you’re in need of a dental implant, your dentist or periodontist may recommend a bone graft procedure. 

Dr. Cary Feuerman and Dr. Giovanni Castellucci at Periodontal Associates use bone grafting treatment to achieve bone regeneration before a dental implant is placed. Call 508-875-6185 to schedule a consultation at our Framingham office or 617-964-6185 for our Newton Centre office. 

What is the Difference Between a Periodontist and a General Dentist?

A general or restorative dentist is responsible for the overall care of a patient’s teeth and mouth, and most typically restores the crowns of the teeth above the gum. A periodontist specializes in treating the gums and bones that support the teeth and dental implants, and places dental implants to replace missing teeth. Your dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist for specific treatment of your gums or jaw bone that goes beyond their area of expertise, such as bone grafting and dental implant surgery to replace missing or damaged teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant replaces a lost or damaged tooth. It consists of an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone with a crown attached that looks and functions like a natural tooth. This procedure is commonly used as a restorative procedure to replace a missing single tooth or multiple teeth. 

Why is a Bone Graft Procedure Needed Before a Dental Implant?

In order for an implant procedure to be successful, there must be sufficient bone mass in the jaw to support the tooth. When a single tooth or multiple teeth are missing, or sometimes as a result of severe gum disease, the jaw bone that once held these teeth in place will resorb or dissolve away resulting in weakening of the bone and bone loss. In order for a dental implant to be placed, the jaw bone will need to be strengthened and regenerated first. 

What Does a Bone Graft Procedure Entail?

During a bone graft procedure, the periodontist will make an incision in the gum tissue and fold it back to access the bone underneath. Any infected gum tissue will be cleaned out.  A bone graft will be placed in the existing bone defect to restore the normal jaw shape. There are a variety of different materials that may be used for bone grafts. The most appropriate graft material will be used based upon the specific needs of the problem and a discussion with the patient.

After the bone graft is put into place, the gum tissue is replaced and stitched over the top. It can take just a few months for the bone to regenerate enough to be ready for a dental implant. In minor cases a bone graft can be done on the same day as implant placement.

What are the Benefits of Bone Grafting?

There are many reasons that a bone graft procedure is both beneficial and necessary, such as:

  • Regrow lost bone. Bone loss can occur as a result of a lost tooth or severe gum disease. The jaw bone actually resorbs and the process starts immediately following the loss of a tooth. Bone grafting helps to naturally regenerate bone tissue for a stronger jaw. 
  • Higher success rate for dental implants. If there is any concern about the strength or size of the bone needed to support an implant, it is best to have a bone graft to ensure that your dental implant will stay in place. 
  • Help to prevent future bone loss and gum disease. The bone graft regenerates bone tissue and the following implant will help to prevent any further bone loss.

Periodontal Associates Uses the Latest Technology in Bone Grafting Procedures

Advances in technology have made bone grafting procedures as non-invasive and comfortable as possible. Recovery is faster and so are the results. Dr. Cary Feuerman, Dr. Giovanni Castellucci, and the Periodontal Associates team combine state-of-the-art technology and over three decades of experience to provide patients with the best possible care. Successful implants require experience and precision in order to last and function properly. Trust your dental implant procedure to Periodontal Associates.

Call 508-875-6185 today to schedule a consultation at our Framingham Office or 617-964-6185 for our Newton Centre Office. We look forward to helping to restore your natural, healthy, functional, and beautiful smile!