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Bone Grafts Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
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

Answer:
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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