Bone Grafting Diamond BarBone grafting is a dental procedure performed by Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon to restore your bone to its previous condition because of trauma, gum disease, gingivitis, or tooth loss. Sometimes it is necessary to preserve the bone structure after tooth extraction. There are several reasons for maintaining and restoring your facial bone structure. It is essential for dental procedures like implant placement that need the bone to be as close to its original position as possible. This is to ensure optimal results. Further, your jaw and other bones in your face support your skin and muscle. These are responsible for the outward appearance of our face. If you lack the proper support of underlying bone, your face will look prematurely aged.
How does bone loss start?If you have untreated gum disease, it will lead to loss of gum tissue and potential loss of a tooth or teeth. Many patients do not know that bone loss can also start in your jaw. There is a severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This disease sets in when bacteria and plaque infect your gums. This infection goes below your gum line and the tissue under your teeth. It is at this stage that gum disease begins to break down the bone and tissues that hold your teeth in place. It is critical that you do not leave this untreated. And even more important, that you see Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon for regular check-ups.
What are the symptoms of gum disease or periodontitis?
- Constant bad breath
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Persistent mouth pain
Best Practices for Preventing Gum Disease
- Brush your teeth gently twice a day
- Floss between your teeth every day
- See Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon for regular check-ups
What to expect during your surgery and recovery.
Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon will assess the amount of available bone during your examination. At this point, they can decide whether or not a bone graft is an appropriate treatment. If it is agreed that you will receive bone grafting, then Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon will go over the types of bone donor you will use. It usually takes about two (2) to four (4) months for a full recovery from bone graft surgery. When you are fully recovered, the grafted bone is now part of your jaw. Each patient is unique, and recovery time will vary. But, generally around the four (4) month period, the bone is fully integrated. They will thoroughly explain the advantages and benefits of each type:
- An autograft uses your own bone and is sourced from the hip bone or the back of your jaw.
- An allograft uses bone sourced from a human donor.
- A xenograft uses bone from an animal and is usually from a cow.
- Alloplast uses synthetic material generally made up of calcium, phosphorous, and hydroxylapatite.
Prevention is the first step!
If you are experiencing bone loss because of periodontal disease, it is crucial that you schedule an appointment with your dentist in Diamond Bar. This is not something you can neglect. Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon are specialists in the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of gum disease and bone loss. Their combined experience and compassion will help you get back the smile you once had. Call us today at (909) 455-9979 to schedule your appointment.