The two most common factors in bone loss in the jaw are gum disease and tooth loss. Often, gum disease is a major contributor to tooth loss. When you have advanced gum disease, the bacteria destroy the bone that supports your teeth. This results in bone loss and loose teeth. If the loose tooth falls out or is extracted, the tooth socket becomes empty. Where there once was a tooth root to stimulate your jaw bone, there is nothing, which causes the bone to deteriorate. In many cases after tooth loss, your periodontist will recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Due to the innovative post design of the implant, the jaw bone is stimulated just as if there was a natural tooth root. These dental implants require sufficient bone volume for successful placement and Dr. Leigh Kent, your periodontist in Birmingham, AL, is able to perform a bone graft to restore volume.

What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a procedure that augments bone volume through the use of donor bone material. The new bone can be collected from your own body or acquired from a bone bank. This donor material is then placed at the treatment site. It is secured to the existing bone with titanium mesh to hold it in place and will eventually integrate, creating healthier bone volume.

 When teeth are lost in the upper back arch, the bone below the sinus cavity can be affected. As the jaw bone deteriorates, the sinus membrane will sink into the space caused by bone loss, making it difficult to place dental implants. We can perform a sinus lift in conjunction with a bone graft to have you become eligible for dental implants. Once healthy bone volume levels are achieved, dental implants can be placed. Implant posts serve to stimulate the existing bone, halting any further bone deterioration.

To restore the health of your smile after tooth loss, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our experienced periodontist in Birmingham, AL, can explain all of your options for bone grafting and tooth replacement. Call us for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kent today.