In dentistry, bone grafting is a treatment option for patients suffering from bone loss in the jaw caused by periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, affects not only the gums surrounding the teeth but the bone as well. Gum disease occurs when the harmful bacteria found in plaque spread below the gums and begin to infect the tissues that support the teeth. Common symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, and gum shrinkage.
Bone grafting involves using pieces of your own bone, synthetic bone or bone that’s been donated to replace jaw bone tissue that’s been damaged or destroyed. A bone graft not only fills in for missing bone, but also stimulates new bone growth.
In addition to periodontal disease, bone grafting may be used to counter bone loss due to ill-fitting dentures or facial trauma. It may also be used to stimulate bone growth before a dental implant procedure.
At Austin Oral Surgery, our team of surgeons has extensive experience in bone grafting and other oral surgery procedures. If you believe you believe you may be a candidate for bone grafting or would like to learn more about the treatment, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.