Bone grafting is a procedure that builds thin, damaged, or missing jawbone. Bone graft material fills the void and helps your body rebuild healthy bone tissue. Here are four reasons you may need bone grafting and how it can improve your oral health and smile.
1. Treat Periodontal Disease
Untreated periodontal disease leads to jawbone loss. Bacteria in plaque slowly break down the gum tissue and bone surrounding your teeth. So, your periodontist (a gum, teeth, and bone specialist) may recommend a bone graft to stimulate your body to grow back lost bone.
Including A Bone Graft In Periodontal Disease Treatment
Your treatment plan may include a bone graft for the following reasons:
- Replace destroyed bone – Prevents premature facial sagging and changes in your bite.
- Stabilize loose teeth – Improves chewing function and makes it easier to practice thorough oral hygiene.
- Retain your smile – Stops tooth loss and gaps in your smile resulting from bone resorption.