Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Miles A. Mason, DDS, MSD

Periodontist & Dental Implant Surgeon located in The Woodlands, TX & Conroe, TX

Issues like gum disease and periodontitis can result in lost bone and gum tissue. To help patients recover and restore their smile, Dr. Miles A. Mason provides bone and soft tissue grafting. To find out if grafting can help improve your oral health, book an appointment by phone or online at one of Montgomery County Periodontal Associates’ two locations in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas.

Graft Q & A

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting or, soft tissue grafting, is a dental procedure that addresses the loss of gum tissue and the appearance of an uneven gumline due to periodontal disease.

During your procedure, Dr. Mason applies grafting tissue to the area requiring restoration. This grafting tissue can be sourced from an area on your own body or from a tissue bank; regardless, the grafting tissue helps to repair gingival recession and promote the restoration of your gum tissue.

Depending on your condition, Dr. Mason also uses tissue-stimulating proteins that help boost tissue production and your body’s natural healing process.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure that addresses bone loss due to periodontal disease or the loss of teeth. If left untreated, gum disease not only destroys the gums and teeth, but it also reaches beyond the gumline to the jawbone.

Bone grafting is used to regenerate bone and help better support your teeth. Bone grafts can be sourced from your own body, a donor, or animal bone.

During your procedure, Dr. Mason thoroughly cleans out the infected area and places the graft on the damaged surface of your bone. Once applied, the bone graft works to regenerate bone material and improve teeth support.

What should I expect from a grafting?

In order to perform your procedure, Dr. Mason administers local anesthesia. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mason works with you to determine the best grafting material for your individual condition.

Because the procedures are performed using a local anesthetic, both bone and gum grafting are not typically painful. After the procedure, soreness and discomfort in the treatment area are normal. Most patients experience relief with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Recovery from grafting takes just a couple of weeks. During this time, you can aid your body’s healing process by avoiding smoking, brushing/flossing of the treatment areas, and opting for soft foods that are easy to chew, like pasta, eggs, and soup.

To find out if soft tissue or bone grafting can help save your smile, book an appointment with Dr. Mason at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates by phone or online today.