Overcome the Limitations of Bone Loss
You might not qualify for dental implants or other prosthetics if the shape and volume of your jawbone is inadequate. Unfortunately, the quality of the jawbone can be severely damaged and its shape permanently altered by traumatic conditions like gum disease, early tooth loss, or an injury. Changes in the bone can also lead to unpleasant facial changes such as sunken cheeks and lips or a more pronounced chin. For anyone who has experienced tooth loss, poor bone volume or irregular shaping can also threaten your chances for getting a dental implant unless steps are taken to rehabilitate and reinforce the bone.
Rehabilitate and Restore with Bone Grafting
Whether the jawbone has deteriorated due to the natural aging process, inadequate oral hygiene, or years of tobacco use, we know that it will not regrow naturally. In fact, the deterioration will continue to get worse, affecting your ability to wear dentures or your hopes for having dental implants placed.
In such situations, bone grafting might be necessary to restore the bone’s volume and shape. Bone grafting is the surgical procedure in which real or synthetic bone is used to augment your own bone in targeted areas. Typically, this bone grafting material is obtained from a medical supply company if it cannot be obtained from another location within your own body. The additional bone tissue helps to restore the shape of the bone, the volume of the bone, or reinforce the thin walls surrounding the sinus cavity.
Building Better Bone
When it comes to the placement of dental implants, the jawbone must be both wide enough and tall enough to completely surround the post of the artificial tooth. An experienced oral surgeon can determine whether a particular area of the jaw can adequately support an implant. If not, the surgeon can recommend and perform the necessary surgical bone grafting procedure to improve the quality of the bone in a selected area. Once the additional bone has been introduced, it is often necessary to allow the area to heal for several months before continuing with the dental implant process.
Planning for Your Procedure
It is best to schedule a consultation in order to properly plan for your bone graft procedure. To reserve your appointment, we invite you to contact our office today.