Bone Grafting

QUALITY BONE GRAFTING IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bone grafting is used to recreate bone and supportive tissues that are lost due to gum disease or trauma. Also referred to as regenerative surgery, a bone graft is often used for the treatment of periodontitis, which causes the break down of gum tissue and bone support around the teeth. Bone grafting may also be used to help maintain bone structure after a tooth extraction. This procedure may be recommended before the placement of dental implants to ensure that the implants are properly anchored. We are proud to offer professional, quality bone grafting at our Charlotte, NC dental office.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF BONE GRAFTS?

Bone grafting involves adding bone or a bone-like material to the jaw in an effort to increase the overall volume of bone. In the case of a dental implant, the bone graft is first placed and allowed to heal before the implant is placed. The length of the healing period will primarily depend on the type of bone graft used. The types include:

  • Autograph: Bone taken from the patient’s own body
  • Allograft: Bone taken from an organism with similar genetics
  • Xenograft: Bone taken from an organism with dissimilar genetics
  • Synthetic: Bone created from a biocompatible synthetic material

HOW IS A BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Before the oral surgery, a basic periodontal treatment is performed that includes scaling and root planning. Next, the area is numbed for comfort. The gums are then separated from the teeth to gain access to the bone and roots. Once the roots are thoroughly cleaned, any defects in the bone are repaired with grafting material, and the area is sealed with a physical barrier. This barrier is generally made from human skin, cow skin, or some type of synthetic material.

It’s crucial to practice proper oral hygiene while the bone graft is healing to prevent an infection or other complication. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, the mouth should be rinsed with a solution containing chlorhexidine, which helps to slow down the growth of harmful plaque by eliminating bacteria in the mouth.

For more information about bone grafting or to schedule an appointment, contact our Charlotte Surgical Dentist today.