Once a tooth is gone, there’s nothing for the jawbone to anchor onto. Eventually, the bone will start to recede, which weakens the jawbone. The problem is even more serious for patients with multiple missing teeth.
A weak jawbone is thin, making it more susceptible to fractures. Placing implants in the low-density bone is also difficult because there’s insufficient bone structure to support the implant screw.
A bone graft restores healthy bone tissue, so your dentist has a strong foundation for whatever type of restorative procedure you choose to invest in later.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. While it can be arrested, some cases are so advanced that the bacterial infection in the gums destroys the bone around the teeth.
A bone graft can add tissue to help prevent further damage, improve oral health, and support dental implants.
When one of our patients experiences jaw trauma, it can result in the loss of bone structure. Trauma can include being in a car accident, getting hit in the face (with a fist, door, bar, or ball while playing sports), falling on your face, etc.
When the bone loss is extensive enough, our Renovo dental team recommends a bone graft to help repair the damage and rebuild healthy bone structureThe result is restored function of the jawbone and improved appearance.
Patients who wear dentures are often at risk of losing bone density over time. To build up the bone tissue again, we recommend bone grafting alone or a combination of bone grafting, implant placement, and implant-supported dentures. Your Renovo endodontic specialist will outline the pros and cons of each option.
Some patients have genetic conditions that impact the growth and development of their jawbone, leaving them with low-density bone. Adding bone via a bone graft can prove to be a strong foundation for any future dental work the patient may need.
Another way we can help ease your mind is by breaking down the bone grafting procedure. Knowing what you can expect takes some of the “mysterious unknown” aspects out of the process, allowing you to feel more confident about the procedure.
Depending on your needs, one of our Renovo endodontic specialists will recommend one of four types of bone grafting. These include:
The downsides of getting a bone graft are typically temporary, while the benefits can last a lifetime.
Bone grafting is the only way to correct or reverse dental bone loss. Other upsides to getting a bone graft include:
The downsides include:
For some patients, getting a bone graft is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain good oral health. It allows for proper form and function, making speaking and eating much easier and more comfortable. Bone grafting can also help reduce the risk of dental diseases and future tooth loss. If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact Renovo Endodontic Studio today!
Do you have questions about your treatment plan? We’d love to help! Contact Renovo Endodontic Studio to schedule a consultation or second opinion with one of our dental health specialists.