What is a bone graft?
When you lose a tooth and do not replace it, your jawbone may reabsorb over a period of time. When you do elect to replace the missing tooth, the low quality of your jawbone makes it extremely difficult to successfully place dental implants. When the jawbone reabsorbs, the lack of support on other healthy tooth roots may also cause tooth loosening. Luckily your doctor has the ability to increase the amount of bone in your jaw with the use of a bone graft. Dr. Glenn Green performs bone grafting procedures at his Fort Worth, TX, practice to grow the bone where it is needed for implants and restore functionality and esthetic appearance.
Some common bone grafting procedures include:
- Socket Preservation: Once a tooth is extracted, artificial bone is placed in the socket to help preserve the bone and gum tissue for implant placement.
- Sinus Lift Procedure: This procedure involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing a bone graft onto the sinus floor, allowing implants to be placed in the back part of the upper jaw.
- Ridge Expansion: In severe cases, the ridge has been reabsorbed and a bone graft is placed to increase ridge height and/or width.
- Nerve Repositioning: The inferior alveolar nerve, which gives feeling to the lower lip and chin, may need to be moved in order to make room for placement of dental implants to the lower jaw.
For post-operative instructions for a sinus lift procedure, click here.
If you are suffering from gum recession, your doctor may encourage you to receive a tissue graft, or gum graft, to protect your teeth from damage. If you are experiencing gum recession, the tissue surrounding your teeth pulls away exposing more of the tooth and sometimes even the tooth root. This may cause you to lose the tooth and damage the supporting bone. Gum recession is a gradual process and may not be noticeable at first, which is why we encourage you to regularly monitor your oral health for changes.
If you are in need of a tissue graft, there are three different types of tissue your doctor may use, based on your individual oral health needs:
- Connective-tissue grafts: A flap is cut in the roof of your mouth & tissue is removed from under the flap. This tissue is stitched to the gum surrounding an exposed tooth root and the flap is stitched closed.
- Free gingival grafts: Tissue from the roof of your mouth is removed and stitched to the gum tissue surrounding an exposed tooth root. This is a common procedure for patients with thin gums.
- Pedicle grafts: Tissue is partially cut from the gum near the exposed tooth root, leaving one edge connected, then pulled and stitched to cover the exposed tooth root.
In some cases, graft material must be obtained from a tissue bank; however, the utilization of your own tissue generally yields the best surgical results.
If you experience bleeding of the gums that persists for more than 20 minutes after applying pressure or experience unusual pain, swelling, or bruising in your mouth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Where can I get a bone graft near Fort Worth?
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have wisdom teeth removed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Glenn Green proudly serves all of Tarrant, Wise and Parker counties including Decatur, Watauga, Saginaw, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Keller, North Richland Hills, Lake Worth Trophy Club, Boyd, and more.