Although the jawbone is a remarkably strong structure, it is not immune to volume loss. Dental bone grafting is an oral health-saving procedure that reverses bone loss and strengthens the jaw.
At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, Dr. Chris L. Tye and his skilled team provide dental bone grafting treatments for patients with damaged or diseased jawbones. If you need a dental bone graft, then schedule a consultation today by calling our team at (817) 552-3223 or by requesting an appointment online.
If you haven’t heard of dental bone grafting before, then you might be wondering what it is. Here, Dr. Tye and his team will explore four little-known facts about bone grafts.
There Are Four Types of Dental Bone Grafting Procedures
Dental bone grafting is a procedure in which our team transplants bone tissue to areas of weakness in the jaw. Depending on your unique needs, our team may suggest one of these bone grafting procedures :
- Socket or ridge preservation: This procedure typically takes place immediately after a tooth extraction, as it prevents the socket from caving in.
- Ridge augmentation: Prolonged, untreated tooth loss will result in jawbone recession. Ridge augmentation enhances the volume and width of the jaw, which prepares it for dental restorations.
- Sinus lift: Missing back teeth on the upper jaw can cause the sinus to drop. A sinus lift raises the sinus back to its original position.
- Periodontal bone graft: Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) can wear away bone tissue over time. When this happens, the deteriorated jawbone leads to loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss.
A thorough exam with Dr. Tye will help us determine which type of dental bone grafting is right for you.
You May Need a Dental Bone Graft Before or After Certain Procedures
A dental bone graft helps the body repair itself naturally. Therefore, our team may recommend dental bone grafting before or after certain procedures to strengthen or heal the jawbone.
For example, patients with insufficient jawbone tissue may not be able to comfortably or reliably wear their dentures. Dental bone grafting fortifies and widens the jawbone, which means that dentures will fit more securely and snugly.
Similarly, a patient who wishes to get dental implants may need dental bone grafting before dental implant treatment. Otherwise, low-density and recessed bone tissue will not be able to hold a dental implant.
Lastly, patients who get a tooth extracted may need a dental bone graft immediately following their procedure. The graft will support the empty socket while adding strength and density to the jaw.
Dental Bone Grafting Materials Can Vary
Interestingly, dental bone grafts can come from many sources, including:
- Autografts: Using bone tissue from the patient’s own body.
- Allografts: Using bone tissue from another living person or a cadaver
- Xenografts: Using bone from another species, usually pig or cow
- Alloplasts: Using synthetic materials, such as calcium sodium phosphosilicate
Exceptionally High Survival and Success Rate
Dental bone grafts have extremely high survival and success rates, making them an exceedingly safe and effective procedure. In fact, nearly all types of dental bone grafting result in both a success and survival rate of over 90%.
Schedule a Dental Bone Grafting Consultation Today
If you’re experiencing jawbone recession, then it’s time to speak to Dr. Tye about dental bone grafting. Schedule your consultation with our Colleyville oral surgeon today by calling (817) 552-3223 or by sending us a message online.