Bone Grafting In Lansing, MI

Bone Grafting In Lansing, MI

If you have become affected with periodontitis, or gum disease, in addition to experiencing some gum recession, you may also have lost some of the bone that hold the teeth in place. To replace this bone and prevent tooth loss, your dentist at Gentle Dental Care may recommend a bone grafting procedure in Lansing, MI.

Bone loss

Bone loss can be an effect of untreated gum disease as the bacterial infection that affects the gums can eventually start to affect the bone. The infection can break down the bone and tissues that keep the teeth in place, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when chewing

It is important, if you experience any of these symptoms, to have your gums examined as soon as possible and to have them treated, if necessary.

Types of bone grafts

Bone grafts differ depending on the material used.

  • Autograft: the bone used is your own bone, usually taken from the hip bone or the back of the jaw
  • Allograft: bone sourced from a human donor
  • Xenograft: the bone used is from an animal, usually a cow
  • Alloplast: a graft using synthetic material that contains calcium, phosphorous, and hydroxyapatite

Your dentist will discuss these options with you, explaining their advantages and disadvantages, to choose the most appropriate type for you.

Procedure

Placing a bone graft not only replaces bone that has been lost, but can also help to regenerate lost tooth-supporting bone. Your dentist will make an incision into the gums to fold back a part of it. The infected gum tissue will be cleaned out, along with bacteria-covered calculus and rough tooth surfaces that can encourage the regrowth of bacteria. The bone graft will then be put in place. If tooth loss has already occurred, a dental implant may be recommended. It will take a few months for the transplanted bone to be ready to receive an implant, but if the bone grafting was minor, it may be done at the same time.

Bone loss and gum recession can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Gentle Dental Care is available in Lansing, MI to assist with the maintenance and recovery of your oral health.