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Restore Your Smile Foundation with Bone Grafting

While gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, severe decay and trauma can also cause tooth and bone loss. Bone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Tooth loss prevents this action, causing bone to be resorbed into your body. If you recently lost a tooth, you may experience rapid resorption of the alveolar bone, the ridge of the upper and lower jaw bones surrounding the roots of your teeth. Likewise, extraction of molars in the upper jaw can cause resorption of the bone in your sinus cavities. The majority of bone loss occurs within the first 18 months after a tooth is lost, then continues more gradually over time. Various studies indicate bone loss during the first year after tooth extraction leads to an 11–22% reduction in height, while 29–63% of width is lost within the first three months. To prevent the functional and esthetic consequences of tooth loss from getting worse, our periodontist Dr. Joseph Holland can perform a bone graft in Katy, TX using several different proven techniques.

Bone grafting can help you experience a better quality of life with dental implants.

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Bone grafting has direct benefits for your health and future quality of life.

The Benefits of Seeing Our Periodontist for Treatment

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Holland is a recognized dental specialist with years of advanced training and expertise restoring soft tissue and bone. Along with extensive experience in complex bone grafting procedures, he has the trained eye to optimize soft tissue esthetics. And as a dental implant expert, Dr. Holland can determine what type of bone graft in Katy, TX will help ensure the most optimal restorative outcomes. In some cases, Dr. Holland can use the LANAP method to stimulate stem cells to reform collagen and regenerate lost bone around your teeth, without the need for a traditional bone graft. Seeking treatment for bone loss at Advanced Periodontics & Implants of Katy (APIK) helps ensure long-lasting optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

How is Lost Bone Restored?

To treat bone resorption in Katy, TX, Dr. Holland uses regenerative grafting material composed of your own tissue, freeze-dried human bone from a donor bank, processed bone elements from animals (usually cows), or a synthetic bone substitute. After cleaning out any bacteria, he places the bone graft material in the area with bone loss. A protective dressing is then applied, the gum flap is replaced over the site, and the wound is sutured. Bone grafting encouraging natural bone tissue to regenerate completely. As it grows, natural bone replaces the graft material and forms a fully integrated region of new bone. In general, bone grafting involves one or more of the following procedures.
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Sinus Lift

When you lose an upper back molar, it’s challenging to successfully place a dental implant in this area due to insufficient bone and close proximity to your sinuses. The purpose of a sinus lift is to add bone between the jaw and maxillary sinuses, which are located on both sides of your nose. During this procedure, the sinus membrane is lifted up and an area is opened through the bone to separate the sinus membrane from your jaw. The bone graft is then placed into the space where the sinus resided and sutures are applied. Dental implants are placed four to nine months later, which gives the bone graft adequate time to mesh with the bone.

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Ridge or Socket Preservation

Several steps are involved in ridge or socket preservation. Once the tooth is extracted, an empty socket is exposed in the alveolar ridge. Incisions are made in the gum line to create flaps, then the sockets are filled with bone grafting material. Ridge preservation enables dental implantation to take place much sooner than otherwise possible. While recovery is similar to that of a simple tooth extraction, it still takes three to six months for the site to heal, after which dental implants can be placed.

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Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)

At APIK, we may use PRF, a healing biomaterial created from your own blood that helps bone and soft tissue regenerate. The concentrated natural fibrin-based biomaterial is created from a simple draw of your blood and spun for a short time in a centrifuge to separate the strong, platelet-rich fibrin layer from the blood. The mesh is placed over the graft site. Since the material derives from your own blood, it doesn’t cause an inflammatory reaction and is highly effective at promoting healing and bone growth.

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Bone Grafting Provides Many Benefits

Tooth and bone loss can lead to numerous problems, including a diminished ability to eat nutritious foods, a decline in oral and physical health, as well as a decrease in your personal wellbeing. Bone loss can lead to shifting and loosening of remaining teeth, TMJ disorder and jaw pain, and can cause changes to your facial appearance, as well. Bone grafting prevents other teeth from shifting, preserves or restores your facial balance, and can repair damage caused by gum disease or trauma. Restoring bone levels in your jaw also enables getting dental bridges, dentures or dental implants. The bottom line is that healthy bone is necessary for a healthy smile, optimal function, and attractive esthetics. Ultimately, addressing these issues can lead to a significant boost in your confidence and quality of life!

Don’t allow bone loss to impact your smile function and beauty.

Schedule a visit at APIK to restore your smile’s foundation!
Advanced Periodontics & Implants of Katy performs bone grafting procedures in Katy, Fulshear, Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land, TX.

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