Most patients who’ve lost one or more teeth qualify for dental implant placement and restoration. The lifelike implant posts, which are designed to mimic natural teeth roots, are placed within the jawbone to reestablish the functions of your lost roots. However, because of the long-term effects of tooth loss, some patients lose some of the mass and density in their jawbones by the time they receive implants. In some cases, this may lead to a need for jawbone grafting. However, at our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, our goal is to fully restore your smile and bite function while minimizing the need for grafting.
The reason why it might be necessary
The point of jawbone grafting is to bolster the integrity and mass of the jawbone to make it strong enough to receive dental implant posts. The loss of your jawbone structure can occur for different reasons. If you’ve lost teeth long ago, then the prolonged absence of their roots will have led to a reduced flow of nutrients to the jaw. This can lead to jawbone degradation that grows worse over time. If you have severe gum disease, this may also lead to the erosion of your jawbone, which is what makes the condition the number one cause of adult tooth loss.
Your upper and lower ridges are different
Jawbone grafting is a general term that describes surgically grafting biocompatible material to your jawbone. The procedure differs for every patient according to their needs, and it differs depending on whether it’s performed on the upper or lower dental ridge. Bone grafting on the lower jaw, or mandible, is simpler and more common, as the lower jaw contains more bone structure and is responsible for most of your bite’s function. For the upper ridge, the procedure is known as a sinus lift, and involves lifting the sinus floor to make room for the bone grafting material.
Some implants don’t require bone grafting
After bone grafting or a sinus lift procedure, your upper or lower jawbone will be more prepared to accept your dental implant posts. However, at our office, we utilize a range of advanced technologies and materials to make restoring your smile more minimally invasive. For example, mini dental implants and small diameter implants can be secured in areas where there is less jawbone structure. The miniaturized posts only need minimal bone structure for support, and can often provide highly lifelike support for custom replacement teeth without needing grafting first.
Find out if jawbone grafting is necessary
Jawbone grafting and sinus lifting can sometimes be necessary to prepare for dental implant placement. At our office, however, we design implant placement and restoration to minimize or eliminate the need for grafting. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, call The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.