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For patients who have been through periodontal disease, prosthodontics can be lifesaver. Not only do they restore a smile to its natural beauty, but they can also dramatically improve someone’s quality of life. But in some cases where tooth, bone, and gum loss has been severe, a patient may need to undergo bone grafting before being fitted for their prosthodontics. Here are 3 things you didn’t know about bone grafting, as well as why it’s important.

It’s Not A Major Surgery

Most people hear the word “graft” and envision a big, scary procedure akin to facial reconstruction. That’s not at all what dental bone grafting looks like. Nearly all dental bone grafting can be completed in a regular dental office with no need for the patient to visit a hospital. The procedure is quick and relatively painless.

A Recommendation For Periodontal Disease

Bone grafting is a relatively common procedure for patients who have had periodontal disease. The disease causes the gums and even the bone to recede. In some cases, patients even lose teeth as a result of periodontal disease. When this happens, bone grafts are a good way to rebuild missing bone structure and prevent further bone loss.

It’s Common Before Dental Implants

Gum and bone recession as a result of periodontal disease usually has to be repaired through bone grafting, especially for patients who want to pursue tooth replacement options like implants. Implants and dentures both need a solid foundation to rest on in order to feel comfortable and look natural. If you’ve experienced severe gum or bone recession, your dentist will probably recommend a bone grafting treatment to prepare for your prosthodontics.

Are you looking to improve your smile and oral health through implants or dentures? If you’ve experienced tooth and bone loss, you may be a candidate for dental bone grafting. Consult your expert team at Dental Specialty Associates to start your treatment! Give us a call at 602-795-5995 to schedule your appointment.