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Bone Grafting

Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Baton Rouge, LA

Bone Grafting services offered in Baton Rouge, LA

When left untreated, jawbone loss can cause loose or missing permanent teeth. At Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jenny Herman, DDS, Barry Biner, DDS, and their outstanding staff, offer bone grafting to restore jawbone tissue and reduce further oral health complications. Call the office to learn more, or request an appointment online today.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a treatment that rebuilds your jaw after bone loss due to gum disease or other reasons. The Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants experts use various techniques to regrow bone and offer dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth. The periodontists have many years of experience in bone grafting and use the most cutting-edge technologies and procedures. 

Your provider may obtain bone grafts from other areas of your body, donated bone from humans or animals, or synthetic (human-made) bone.

Why might I need bone grafting?

If you have jawbone loss because of gum disease, you’re likely a good candidate for bone grafting. Signs of gum disease include bright red gums, receding gums, swollen or tender gums, and bleeding gums. Jawbone loss may eventually lead to missing permanent teeth.

Why does bone loss occur?

Some of the following factors can contribute to jaw bone deterioration and the need for bone grafting:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Gum disease
  • Dentures or bridgework
  • Misalignment
  • Facial trauma
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Developmental deformities
  • Sinus deficiencies

Your Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants provider lets you know if you need jawbone grafting after discussing your symptoms, reviewing your oral health history, examining your teeth and gums, and looking at the results from your dental X-rays.

What are the different types of jawbone grafting?

The main types of jawbone grafting available at Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants include:

Ridge augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a dental procedure your periodontist can complete after tooth extraction to recreate natural gum and jaw contours. They place bone grafting materials in the empty space to enhance new bone growth. That allows you to receive dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth. 

Sinus augmentation 

Sinus augmentation is another bone grafting treatment in which your periodontist places bone grafting materials into a small pocket they create through your sinuses, behind your cheeks, and above your upper teeth. Your specialist might be able to place dental implants during the same procedure. If not, they can insert the implants into your jawbone after a period of healing.

What happens after bone grafting?

After jawbone grafting heals, which may take several months, you can expect a low risk of oral health complications and the option of receiving dental implants in the future. The implants anchor dentures, bridges, or crowns to give you a full set of beautiful teeth.

To learn more about bone grafting at Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants and find out if it’s right for you, schedule an appointment by phone or request an appointment online today.