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It’s very important to have your teeth and surrounding bone strong and healthy. Due to a variety of factors, your bones and jaw can be damaged or deteriorate. When that happens, luckily, a professional can help treat the issue and prevent resulting problems before they start.
WHY AND WHERE WOULD YOU NEED BONE GRAFTING?
There are a few reasons you may need bone grafting, such as bone and tooth loss and sinus elevation.
- TOOTH/BONE LOSS: When you lose a tooth or have it removed, your body naturally loses bone in that area. Bone is a live tissue; if you remove a tooth, there is no more pressure tapping into the metabolism of the bone and keeping the area alive. Without pressure of chewing, swallowing and such activities on the bone, the body starts letting it go. This results in bone loss. If you’re going to have a dental implant, there has to be enough bone to place a dental implant that would otherwise need bone grafting.
- PERIODONTAL INFECTION: Serious periodontal infections can dissolve areas of your jawbone. It’s important to treat this because this bone loss can lead to tooth loss. Luckily, Dr. Khansari can help treat the problem. For example, if you’re missing teeth on the lower jaw, we can generate bone there and let it grow.
- WHEN SINUS ELEVATION IS REQUIRED: Bone grafting can also be required in the upper jaw or sinus area. If the molars or premolars have been gone for a long time, the sinus will drop down on that area, concaving in a way that leaves no more vertical space. This makes it impossible to place a dental implant and can also be an aesthetic issue.
In bone grafting of this area, we push the sinus membrane up and pack the bone underneath the area to elevate the sinus back up to its original position. This is called sinus elevation, but it is indeed a form of bone grafting.
HOW DO WE EVALUATE AND START THE BONE GRAFTING PROCESS?
We figure out what area needs bone grafting, and how much, by using our CT scanner to perform a CT scan. This kind of X-Ray machine, which is 3 dimensional, takes cross sectional images of the area. It only takes about 14 seconds to spin around the area and, after about 5 seconds, can have the data processed and ready to view.
After the CT scan is finished, Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD will sit down with the patient and show them the images. This way, they can know exactly what area needs surgery, hear why and ask any questions. On the CT scan, Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD can point out exactly how and where an implant will be placed. This gives the patient the ability to visualize how the implant can look and confidently know what to expect from the procedure.
HOW DOES BONE GRAFTING WORK?
These are the different steps in treating bone loss and doing bone grafting depending on your specific situation. For example, if you’re suffering from bone loss due to periodontal disease, the first step in treating the bone infection and loss is to get rid of the periodontal disease, which will prevent continuing bone loss. (Please more about this at our Treatment of Periodontal Disease page.)
We would institute bone grafting procedures in which we’d build up or add bone to the jaw or needed area. There are a variety of techniques for bone grafting, and we’re very proud to be using the most new, advanced methods. We’re happy to learn more about your specific situation and discuss which technique will work best for you.
TO BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION AND LEARN MORE
Here at Poway Perio, under the experience of Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD, we are happy to help you fight periodontal disease and get your teeth and gums back to good health. If you have more questions or would like to book a consultation, we’re happy to discuss your individual situation. Just give us a call at 858.679.0142.