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Does Bone Grafting Help With Periodontitis?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Delaware Periodontics
3D rendering of a bone graft being placedPeriodontitis is a dental inflection associated with its destructive qualities on dental structures, such as the jawbone. If periodontitis is left untreated, it can significantly lead to tooth and gum loss and, eventually, the loss of the bone in your jaw. Let us find out if bone grafting might help with periodontitis.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is used to restore the density of the jawbone inside the jaw. It is a necessary step before you can get a dental implant placement. A periodontist will take bone from other areas of the body or inside the mouth or use an artificial bone material substitute during the procedure. The bone is then grafted into the jaw site, where bone loss is present to enhance its density.

How Does Bone Grafting Help With Periodontitis?

Bone grafting is an effective way to achieve bone regeneration. It replaces the missing bone material using harvested bone material. Bone grafting can help with periodontitis by helping grow new bone to replace the bone destroyed by periodontitis.

What Causes Bone Loss in the Jawbone?

There are several causes of jawbone loss. These include the following:

Natural Processes

Your bones remold as you age. This natural process removes old sections of the bone while replacing the said section through regeneration. However, bone loss occurs when your bone is removed faster than it can be replaced.

Tooth Extraction

Most jawbone losses occur after tooth extraction, signifying the critical role of a tooth root in maintaining the health of the jawbone. When the portion of the jaw that anchors the tooth to the jawbone is missing, the jawbone no longer receives the nourishment and the necessary stimulation, and it starts to break down.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a dental infection that starts by causing gum inflammation. It slowly progresses to damage the periodontal ligaments and the alveolar bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss, leaving your teeth weak and causing them to fall out eventually.

Contact Your Periodontist Today

If you have experienced tooth loss or loosening due to periodontal disease, a dental bone graft could be a game-changer. Do not wait for the situation to worsen. Take the first step toward a healthier smile by visiting your dentist to learn more about this beneficial procedure.

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