Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants
Periodontics & Implant Dentistry located in Gulfport, MS now serving patients in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian, MS
If your bone density is too low to support dental implants, don’t lose hope: Bone grafting can replace bone tissue so you can have the restorative procedures you need. At Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants, offer comprehensive periodontics care, from bone grafting and sinus lifts to periodontal disease treatment and dental implants. Call the Gulfport, Mississippi, office to schedule an assessment now.
Bone Grafting Q&A
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure to restore bone density in your mouth. Dental implants must be placed into a certain amount of healthy bone, but people who need dental implants don't always have enough natural bone of their own.
Bone grafting can bring on bone growth to establish a secure environment for dental implant posts and replacement teeth.
When might I need bone grafting?
If your bone is too thin to support dental implants, your dental specialists may recommend bone grafting as a preparatory procedure. The most common reasons for bone loss are missing teeth and advanced-stage periodontal disease.
Other factors, like cigarette smoking, can also lead to bone loss in your jaw. All of these factors significantly increase the chances of needing bone grafting before you get dental implants.
When you come in for a dental implant consultation, Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants assesses your needs using digital radiography and CT scans. These imaging tests show your jaw and sinus bones in great detail to reveal whether you have enough bone to support dental implants.
If you need more bone, these imaging tests also allow for precise surgical planning.
How does bone grafting work?
The bone grafting procedure can vary with the material used. There are several types of bone grafts, including:
- Allograft: Donated human bone
- Autograft: Bone from another part of your body
- Alloplast: Synthetic material that mimics natural bone
- Xenograft: Bone from an animal source
Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants can explain all of the options for bone restoration to help you find the right one for your procedure. With all bone grafting procedures, you receive anesthesia to numb your mouth.
Whenever it’s necessary to cut into the bone, as with autografts, the specialists use an ultrasonic method called Piezoelectricprocedure. This approach precisely cuts bone without overheating or harming your gums. Ultimately, it helps to reduce any unnecessary bone loss from the donor site.
Bone grafting material, regardless of the specific material, establishes a new framework to support the growth of new bone.
What happens after bone grafting?
After your procedure, you have a healing period, usually several months, as your body renews bone. You visit Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants regularly during this time to check progress and make sure bone growth is on track.
When your new bone is well established, which the team verifies via new imaging tests, you return for your dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are a straightforward procedure when you have healthy bone as a foundation, and bone grafting can get you there. For bone grafting from the Gulf Coast's best specialists, call the Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants office now.