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Bone Graft Surgery

Diagram of bone regeneration procedure at Westwood PeriodonticsAs an acclaimed periodontist, Dr. Gupta's expertise in bone graft surgery is unparalleled. In fact, we here at Westwood Periodontics frequently offer a beacon of hope for patients facing tooth loss due to advanced gum disease.

Bone graft surgery, a cornerstone treatment in both periodontal treatment and implant dentistry, involves the meticulous placement of graft material to combat bone degeneration and vastly improve a patient’s oral structures, and ultimately, their long-term oral health.

So, what are the specifics of bone graft surgery, why is it important, and why does it require a skilled approach only found with a periodontist? Keep reading to find out.

Bone Graft Surgery: Reinforcing Oral Health Foundations

At our state-of-the-art periodontal practice, we specialize in bone graft surgery for two primary reasons:
1. Treating advanced gum disease
2. Preparing a patient for dental implants

While technically separate issues, the two are usually linked. Advanced gum disease can damage both soft tissues and bone. If left untreated for long enough, it may result in tooth loss as well, further contributing to bone degeneration.

When you lose a tooth, you lose the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy. Without it, the bone will slowly resorb. After some years, most patients will not have enough bone structure to properly support a dental implant, which ultimately provides the stimulation needed to prevent future bone loss.

Understanding the Bone Grafting Procedure

Bone graft surgery involves adding bone tissue to areas where bone loss has occurred, typically due to periodontal disease or tooth loss. The graft material, which may be sourced from the patient (autograft), a donor (allograft), or synthetic materials (alloplast), is placed in the affected area to stimulate new bone growth.

Benefits of Bone Graft Surgery

1. Restores Bone Structure: Essential for patients who have lost bone tissue due to periodontal disease, ensuring the stability of existing teeth.
2. Facilitates Dental Implants: Provides the necessary bone density and volume for the successful placement of dental implants wide and long implants, which is the key to success.
3. Enhances Facial Aesthetics: Helps maintain the natural shape of the face by supporting the underlying jawbone structure.
4. Improves Oral Health and Functionality: By rebuilding the jawbone, the surgery aids in better function and overall oral health.

Indications for Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is often recommended in the following scenarios:
•  To repair bone loss due to periodontal disease.
•  As a preparatory step for dental implants, ensuring adequate bone support.
•  Following tooth extraction to preserve the bone and prevent atrophy.

Bone Graft Procedure Steps

At a high level, our approach combines advanced techniques with personalized care, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome for your unique situation. That said, many patients typically experience the same three steps.

Distilled to their most basic fundamentals, these steps include:
1. Evaluation: A comprehensive assessment, including dental X-rays or CT scans, is performed to determine the extent of bone loss and plan the grafting procedure.
2. Surgery: Under local anesthesia, the targeted area is exposed, and the bone graft material is placed. The site is then secured and sutured.
3. Healing and Integration: Over time, the graft material integrates with the natural bone, promoting new bone growth.
There may be different techniques or materials used, depending on your individual situation, but most patients will undergo some variation of the three steps listed above. Before the surgery, Dr. Gupta will be able to answer any questions and address any concerns regarding your specific treatment plan.

Is bone grafting painful? What is the recovery?

The initial healing period typically spans a week, with complete integration of the graft material taking several months or more. The recovery time is largely influenced by independent factors, such as the

design of the incisions, the amount of bone grafting needed, and the quality of the gum tissue, whether it is thin or thick.

As with any surgery, patients may experience some minor discomfort and swelling in the first few days following the procedure. This can be managed with medications and post-operative care instructions.

Am I a good candidate for bone grafting?

The decision to proceed with bone graft surgery is based on:
•  The patient's overall oral health and medical history.
•  The specific goals of the treatment, such as implant placement.
•  The severity of bone loss and the condition of surrounding tissues.

With the advent of new techniques, technologies, and grafting materials, Dr. Gupta can treat almost all varieties and severity of bone defects.

Dr. Gupta takes several international continuing education courses to advance her skills in minimally invasive procedures and advanced bone grafting courses. Dr Gupta knows the central issue with declining dentitions is bone and emphasizes her learning and education on how to regenerate bone.

What Patients Should Know

Why do I need bone grafting for dental implants?

Patients should be aware that bone graft surgery is a critical step towards restoring oral health and functionality with dental implants. Having a large quantity of bone allows the surgeon to place large, wide implants, which is the key to success.

At our practice, Dr. Gupta, with her expertise in periodontal and implant surgery, will help ensure that your journey through bone graft surgery is met with the highest standards of care and precision. With that in mind, a bone graft at our practice isn’t just a step towards a healthier smile, it’s a step towards a better quality of life.

To learn more about our periodontal services, please reach out! Call (551) 751-2024 now to speak with one of our specialists and schedule your consultation.

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