Bone Grafting in Philadelphia

Bone grafting is sometimes needed to restore bone mass and density in the jawbone damaged by periodontal disease, tooth loss, trauma, or injury.

In periodontics, the primary goal of bone grafting is to restore bone volume and density in the jaw, providing support for teeth or dental implants and preserving facial structure and function. Without sufficient bone support, teeth may become loose, and facial aesthetics can be compromised. Bone grafting plays a crucial role in preserving oral health, function, and aesthetics by replenishing lost bone tissue.

Causes of Bone Loss

  • Periodontal Disease: Chronic inflammation and infection of the gums lead to the destruction of the supporting bone tissue around teeth.
  • Trauma or Injury: Accidents or injuries to the jaw can result in bone loss, affecting dental and facial function.
  • Tooth Extraction: Removal of a tooth can lead to bone resorption in the surrounding area if not properly managed.

Type of Bone Grafts

Several sources of bone grafting material are available depending on how much bone material is needed, the type of graft required, and the patient’s preferences. We will review the appropriate options with you so you and your periodontist can determine the best choice for your needs.

  • Autografts: Bone tissue harvested from the patient’s body, often from the hip, jaw, or tibia.
  • Allografts: Donor bone tissue obtained from a human cadaver.
  • Xenografts: Bone tissue sourced from animals, typically a cow or pig.
  • Synthetic Bone Grafts: Biocompatible materials that mimic the properties of natural bone, promoting new bone growth.

The Bone Grafting Procedure

At your initial appointment, we will review your medical history and evaluate your oral health and bone structure to determine the most appropriate grafting approach. X-rays and digital imaging will be part of this process. Several techniques may address your specific needs, including socket preservation, ridge augmentation, or a sinus lift. Your periodontist will explain the method they will use in detail and schedule your procedure.

On the day of surgery, we make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Then, the graft material will be placed into the defect or the area where bone augmentation is needed. The graft may be held in place with a membrane to stabilize it and promote proper healing.

Over several weeks or months, the graft material will integrate with your existing bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. During this time, you must follow our post-operative care instructions, which may include taking prescribed medications, maintaining good oral hygiene, and avoiding certain foods or activities to ensure proper healing.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

  • Restores bone volume and density to jawbone.
  • Improves the stability and longevity of dental implants and natural teeth.
  • Creates a stable foundation for dental implants.
  • Ensures successful osseointegration.
  • Improves facial symmetry and appearance by maintaining jaw contours.
  • Prevents the collapse of facial features due to severe bone loss.

Bone grafting is a vital intervention in periodontics, offering significant benefits in restoring oral health, function, and aesthetics. If you have experienced bone loss in the jaw, our periodontists can help. Schedule an appointment by calling Philadelphia PA Periodontics Office Phone Number 215-985-4337. Together, we will explore personalized treatment options to improve your jawbone health and support healthy teeth or dental implants and enhance your overall quality of life.

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