Sometimes the destruction caused by periodontal disease creates craters in the bone around your teeth (A). In some instances, a bone graft can be placed in the crater defect to regenerate the lost bone (B – 6 months after graft placed). This small surgical procedure has the ability to add several years of function to the affected tooth.
One of the most important aspects of treatment planning for dental implants is to evaluate how much bone is present in the area that is to receive the dental implant(s). Dentists do this by visual exam and measurements, conventional x-rays, and advanced imaging like a CT scan.
If it is decided that there is not enough bone available, you may need to have a bone graft placed.
The more common bone graft procedures are:
Each of these grafts can be performed using your own bone, bone from a safe donor source, or from a bovine source.
If you need a bone graft, either around a tooth or prior to placing a dental implant, please call the Kelsey Periodontal Group at 402-934-4745 to schedule a consultation in order to more fully discuss your options.