Demineralized Bone Graft: My husband has moderate periodontitis and has had two scaling and planing sessions in the past few years.
It has been under control pretty well and he gets professional cleanings every 3-4 months. On his last dental visit, they found a pocket of 8 mm (now 10mm) by his molar.
His wisdom tooth is apparently causing the pocket's exacerbation. His oral surgeon is going to do a demineralized bone graft after the extraction.
My question is: is there a risk for his body to have a rejection of the bone material? Or is that not a risk because of the type of graft that it is (demineralized--not living tissue)?
Also, will the pocket lessen after the tooth is extracted or will it always be at 10mm? ...Visitor from TX
Most dental bone grafts are successful.
Demineralized bone is very common. I don't think you need to worry about rejection of the material.
The graft should decrease the pocket substantially, but some bone may be lost, so there may still be a smaller residual pocket.
Hope this helps you.
Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD
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