At his practice, Implants & Gumcare, Dr. Vadivel is a leading provider of dental and oral surgery including bone grafts. Patients throughout Dallas County can receive the care they require from Dr. Vadivel at two locations in Texas, Carrollton and Grapevine.
Bone Grafts Q & A
by Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS,FDS RCS,MS
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a tiny piece of osseous, or bone tissue, obtained from a donor or the patient which is used to augment a damaged or weak section of bone. Grafts are usually taken from one place in the patient’s body and transferred to a new location. Donor tissue can be acquired if necessary. Dentists usually perform this procedure to repair bone and soft tissue damage which occurred because of periodontal disease or to provide a stable foundation for a dental implant.
What Is It Used for?
People with periodontal disease lose gum coverage and bone support which hold the teeth where they belong. Regenerative surgery helps to regrow the missing tissues. A sinus lift can also make use of bone grafts.
What is a Sinus Lift?
During a sinus lift, a person’s upper jawbone is prepared for a dental implant by using bone grafts to make the bone stronger. This makes the upper jawbone very sturdy and creates a space between the sinus and upper jawbone where the titanium post of the implant will be installed.
How Is a Bone Graft Applied?
Initially, the doctor will move the gums away from the patient’s tooth so he can access the tooth roots and bone. The roots are then cleaned. The defects and small cracks in the bone will be sealed up with the bone grafts. A physical barrier will be used to protect the grafts during recovery. The barrier also prevents the gums from growing into the cracks in the bone. Then, the gums are returned to their normal position and sutured closed. The doctor may also use a bandage, known as a periodontal pack or dressing, to protect the area. Over the following months, the body will grow new bone and soft tissues which will attach to the grafts and keep the tooth securely in place.