Bone and Gum Grafting

Bone and Gum Grafting

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting consists of the replacement of lost or missing bone that has occurred as a result of severe gum disease, dental infections, or to aid the implementation of dental implants. This is due to the alveolar bone gradually breaking down and being reabsorbed into the body. Bone grafts work to mitigate this response.

Your alveolar bone supports the roots of your teeth and keeps them in place. Depending on the health of your alveolar bone, this procedure can be minor or extensive. Dental bone grafts can be differentiated by the source of bone used for grafting, the most common are:

Autografts: Harvests bone from the patient's mouth and moves it to the required location.
Allografts: Takes bone from human donor tissue.
Xenografts: Bone graft utilising bone from a donor of a different species, the most common being cow and pig which have been shown to be biocompatible with humans.
Alloplastics: Utilises synthetic material such as calcium phosphate or Bioglass.

Autografts consist of living cells and give the best biocompatibility, however they are very technique sensitive and have a high risk of resorption. Allografts and xenografts do not consist of living cells and are  bone mineral, which acts as a scaffold and guide for your own body to heal around them. They have great long term stability and allow your own bone to mature, reducing the risk of resorption.

If you are requiring a bone graft for dental implants, Dr Anthony Puljich will discuss with you the extent of bone grafting you’ll need to best suit your unique dental requirements at your pre-operative consultation.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is commonly used to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession and root exposure.

There are different types of gum grafting surgeries that can be performed by our specialists depending on your requirements and desired outcome. Dr Anthony Puljich will work with you to determine which gum grafting approach is most suitable for your circumstance.

Bone and Gum Grafting

Patients who suffer from Periodontitis may need to undergo regenerative surgery that involves both bone and gum grafting. Utilising the body’s natural ability to heal by guiding the formation of your bone, regenerative surgery works to recreate bone and soft supporting tissues lost to gum disease.

Depending on your unique case Our Periodontist, Dr Anthony Puljich, will use his extensive experience and expertise to determine the best course of action for you.

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