Jaw Bone Loss Restricts Oral Health
The bone in your jaw is a very important structure to your oral health, and a lack of bone volume can have serious repercussions if not restored. A lack of adequate bone volume can cause your teeth to shift or loosen as the roots are no longer held firmly. As a result, your facial appearance may change and your bite may alter. Another serious effect of jaw bone loss is the restriction it puts on dental implants, since they require an adequate amount of bone volume to be held in place properly. We offer bone grafting solutions to treat deterioration and restore structure to the jaw, as well as help patients qualify for dental implants.
The Bone Graft Process
A bone graft involves taking a small amount of bone from you or a donor source and converting it into bone granules, a material that is easily applied to the affected areas. Over the next few weeks, bone will regenerate to this area and create a strong, dense bone structure. This will restore the appearance and stability of your jaw; however, bone needs stimulation to keep growing, otherwise it will deteriorate again. This is why dental implants are so important to oral health. The implant acts as a tooth root and encourages continued bone growth.
Advanced Bone Grafting
Placing dental implants in the upper molar and premolar area can be especially difficult. For many people, there is a lack of bone volume in this location due to the sinus cavity. To add bone to this location, we will perform a sinus lift procedure by gently raising your sinus membrane to add bone underneath. Once there are adequate bone levels, we can then proceed with placing dental implants. Another routine bone grafting treatment is ridge augmentation, which is commonly used to restore the shape of your jaw after a tooth has been extracted and to preserve the socket.
Jaw Bone Evaluation
During an examination, our doctors can evaluate your jaw and determine if you have suffered bone loss that requires restoration. Many times, we will use a cone beam CT scanner (CBCT) to capture an accurate and highly detailed view of the current volume of bone you have in your upper and lower jaw. We strive to make all our treatments as minimally invasive as possible so you are in the least amount of discomfort and have a quick recovery. We offer guided tissue regeneration to help bone grafts heal quickly by using proteins found within your own blood. For those who may experience dental fear, we offer calming sedation dentistry so treatment will be nearly anxiety-free. After bone grafting, many patients choose to invest in dental implants to restore their smile to its former beauty and function.