When is a Bone Graft Needed?

By: Dr. Patrick V. Nicosia


Dental health doesn’t just comprise the teeth and the gums, but the jawbone as well. As the basis for the other previously mentioned dental tissues, jawbone strength and density are vital to provide proper support. However, common issues, such as infection, missing teeth, or trauma, can weaken the jawbone. But a bone graft provides an effective fix by regenerating the necessary bone health so we can restore your smile with long-term implants or bridges.

Dr. Patrick V. Nicosia was among the first periodontists trained in the science of guided bone regeneration. This technique can give you the jawbone strength required to benefit from a restoration if you’re missing one or multiple teeth. So, please contact us at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. to discover how we can best help you in Houston, TX.

When is bone grafting required?

For many patients, bone grafting is the basis for further restorative dentistry. Tens of millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth, and this can lead to various problems down the line. For example, an empty socket could offer an environment that harbors bacteria and food particles or allows deeper access to the more profound tissues of the gum or jawbone.

Additionally, a gap, or multiple gaps, in your smile isn’t just an aesthetic woe: it could lead to further misalignment, potentially throughout the mouth, as the adjacent teeth shift over to fill the vacant spaces.

But our wide range of restorative and preventive dentistry options can prevent issues from developing. Any such problem nipped in the bud saves you time, comfort, and cost. Not to mention that a full, fantastic smile can give you top-notch functionality, a proper, more comfortable bite, and enviable aesthetics.

Can bone grafting provide an effective solution for me?

Since guided bone regeneration was developed in the mid-1980s, it has improved markedly. Multiple advances have made it more efficient than ever, as well as easier on patients by optimizing healing and improving overall, long-term outcomes. One of the most significant advances was the addition of biological growth factors, which can enhance recovery and lead to the growth of more robust, long-lasting bone tissue.

The procedure utilizes bone harvested from your own tissues, somebody else’s, animal bone, or synthetic bone. We then numb the treatment area, make an incision in the gums, and apply the bone graft to the jawbone. Adding healing factors and collagen speeds up recovery and stimulates attachment and growth. Afterward, we’ll supply a personalized aftercare routine, so you can enjoy your optimal outcome.

Find out more about bone grafting in Houston, TX

Many Americans are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants or bridges are two standard solutions, though not all patients have the necessary jawbone density or strength to support such restorative options.

However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to reap the rewards of our various restorative services. Through a bone graft, Dr. Patrick V. Nicosia can give you back your beautiful smile and help avert future problems. So, we invite Houston residents to get in touch with us at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. to explore our excellent, total spectrum dental care.

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