When periodontal disease has affected a person’s smile, it may affect more than just their gums. Complications from gum disease can actually lead to a loss of density in your jawbone. This may be because of erosion caused by bacteria, but it can also be due to jawbone resorption, which can occur after tooth loss. At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, we can determine if a loss of mass in your jawbone is something that calls for treatment. If you could benefit from having the bone rebuilt, we can recommend a jawbone grafting procedure. This process can benefit from the use of lasers, which we can use to work on your periodontal tissues as well as harder bone tissues to prepare you for a successful grafting..
The Link Between Periodontal Disease And Tissue Damage
Periodontal disease can cause significant harm if it is not being successfully managed. Over time, the damage from gum disease can lead to attachment loss. What this means is that the periodontal and bone tissues that are supporting your teeth become eroded, which can rob teeth of their needed support. When teeth are lost, your jawbone can lose mass over time because a lack of stimulation can stop the flow of nutrients to the bone.
Jawbone Grafting Can Be An Important Part Of Treatment For Periodontal Disease
In order to fight the effects of periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend performing a jawbone grafting procedure. Through this work, also known as a sinus or ridge augmentation, tissues are grafted to the bone to add to its healthy mass. This can be performed before a patient receives a dental implant, because a weak jawbone can struggle to successfully accept these posts. It can also help to rebuild the bone so that you have an easier time retaining the teeth that remain in place.
Using Lasers During Your Jawbone Grafting Procedure
Laser treatment helps us carefully remove unhealthy periodontal tissues, as your treatment can be more precise. Lasers also help with your recovery, and they limit bleeding during care. Through the use of different types of lasers, we can successfully clear away periodontal tissues to perform work on your jaw. We also have lasers that can help us do any necessary work on your jawbone or teeth roots as part of the overall grafting procedure.
Talk To Dr. Kania About Undergoing A Jawbone Grafting Procedure!
At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, patients can be happy to hear about the benefits gained from using lasers during their care. For jawbone grafting treatments, we can rely on lasers to make the procedure more precise, with shorter healing times. To learn more, or to contact Dr. Kania to set up an appointment, call our periodontal practice today at (760) 642-0711.