Although it may not always be noticeable at first, one of the most important consequences of tooth loss is the degradation of your jawbone. It occurs when you lose one or more teeth roots and, as a result, the stimulation in your jawbone is reduced. It might also occur as a result of severe periodontitis (gum disease) – the most common cause of adult tooth loss. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, our focus is always on providing minimally invasive treatment, even when prepping for your dental implant placement. That includes performing a comprehensive examination and offering small diameter implants that may help you avoid the need for jawbone grafting.
The importance of a strong foundation for implants
Your jawbone is the foundation of your smile in more ways than one. It’s not only the basis of your bite’s movement, but also the bedrock in which your teeth roots are secured. When you lose a tooth and replace it with a dental implant, healthy jawbone structure is key to the implant post’s successful placement and your jawbone’s integration with it. If you wait long enough to replace the tooth, however, then the loss of the root and its stimulation may lead to the jawbone structure growing weaker. In severe cases, it may become too weak to adequately support your dental implants.
When jawbone grafting may be recommended
Because of this, jawbone grafting is sometimes recommended to fortify a jaw that has lost a significant amount of mass and density. The grafting procedure uses biocompatible bone material and a grafting matrix that promotes its integration with your jaw, and can help provide the stability needed to support one or more dental implant posts. However, because of the more complex nature of bone grafting, we often prefer to use minimally invasive implants and treatment techniques to help patients enjoy the benefits of dental implants without the need for additional jawbone surgery. Due to Dr. Brown’s skill and our office’s minimally invasive approach, our patients are usually able to avoid bone grafting.
Minimally invasive dental implants to avoid grafting
The point of fortifying a jawbone before receiving implants is to ensure there’s enough jawbone structure to support the implant posts. With small diameter implants, the posts that are inserted into your jawbone are notably thinner, allowing them to be placed even when the surrounding jawbone structure has degraded. Once your dental implants are placed, they can restore the stimulation that promotes a healthier flow of nutrients to your jawbone, helping it regain and preserve its integrity.
Learn how we might help you avoid jawbone grafting
Jawbone grafting is traditionally recommended when a jawbone has lost mass and density. However, with our minimally invasive dental implant care and our dentist’s vast experience with dental implants, we may help you avoid the need for it and still enjoy a new, implant-supported smile. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling 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.