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Tooth loss is often accompanied by the deterioration of underlying bone tissue. This bone loss can not only lead to unwanted changes in your facial appearance, but it may also make it more challenging to achieve dental restoration. For procedures like dental implants, it is essential to have sufficient bone available to hold the implant in place. Dr. Randall can help regenerate bone where the patient needs it most through a procedure known as bone grafting.

Reasons Bone Grafting May Be Used

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Bone grafting is required for many different reasons, including:

  • Preparation for dental implants – Bone grafting can provide a more solid, secure place to anchor dental implants, increasing the odds of a successful implant procedure.
  • Recovery from gum disease – When gum disease goes untreated for too long, it can cause the surrounding bone and tissue to decay. Bone grafting corrects this problem.
  • After tooth extraction – When a patient has a tooth extracted, it often involves some bone loss. A bone graft can be performed concurrently, restoring lost bone to prepare the mouth for implants.
  • To restore sinus position – Bone loss in the upper jaw can cause issues with the sinus cavities, requiring a bone graft to address the problem.
  • To preserve facial structure – Bone loss may lead to unwanted changes in facial appearance. Bone grafting is one of the most effective ways to prevent this problem.

Is Bone Grafting Right For You?

You need to consult with a periodontist to determine if any periodontal procedure is right for you. As an experienced periodontist operating a third-generation periodontal practice, Dr. Randall can carefully examine your smile and make sure bone grafting is right for you.

The Bone Graft Process

Bone grafts are often performed at the same time as other procedures, such as tooth extraction. No matter the circumstances of your bone graft, our practice will provide sedation options to ensure your comfort and prevent you from having any unwanted memories of the procedure. Patient comfort and safety are always our top priorities at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants.

The procedure itself involves donor tissue that is carefully placed into the tooth socket area. This provides a matrix for new bone generation and ensures that the new bone forms and shapes correctly.

The most challenging part of the bone graft recovery tends to be swelling. You will experience swelling for several days, though you may feel well enough to return to work and resume your regular activities within one or two days.

If you experience any minor discomfort, over-the-counter treatments like ibuprofen or Tylenol will provide relief.

You will also have stitches in place for about ten days, and until the stitches are removed, you should be careful around the treatment area.

Through bone grafting, patients can regenerate bone where they need it most, averting a sunken facial appearance while also providing a stable place to anchor dental implants. To book your consultation or discuss your eligibility for the procedure, contact Dr. Randall in Chattanooga, TN.

Different Types of Bone Grafts

Since 1961, Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants has been a regional leader in bone grafting and other oral surgeries for Chattanooga and Dalton. In that time, we have developed a reputation not just for friendly care and a welcoming atmosphere but also for clinical precision. We can determine the exact type of bone graft best suited to address your oral health needs during a consultation.

For example, bone grafts are sometimes needed to repair the damage from untreated gum disease. Periodontal diseases such as this can cause surrounding tissues to deteriorate, but the proper bone grafting procedure can rebuild those tissues.

We also perform bone grafts for patients who lost teeth years ago and never had them replaced. Tooth loss, when untreated, can cause the underlying jawbone to break down, potentially leading to a significant loss of tissue. Bone grafting performed by a board-certified periodontist who emphasizes a mouth-body connection can improve your oral health while promoting your safety, comfort, and quality of life.

Get Specialized Support for Bone Grafting Procedures

You deserve a healthy smile. Dr. Randall will work with you to see if bone grafting is right for you. Contact our practice in Chattanooga, TN to get started.

Call (423) 756-2450 to talk to our highly-trained team today!