Your jawbone is the foundation of your smile in many different ways. Most notably, it’s what anchors your teeth roots so that your teeth can bite and chew your food without moving out of place. Your jawbone also supplies your teeth with nutrients through the roots that are embedded within it. When your smile is affected by the loss of one or more teeth, your jawbone may bear the brunt of those effects, which leads many patients to require jawbone grafting to fortify their smiles’ foundations. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, our minimally invasive approach to treatment includes helping patients rebuild their smiles from tooth loss while minimizing the need for jawbone grafting.
Treat gum disease as soon as possible
Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and it earns that title by systematically destroying your smile’s foundation. At first, that means eroding your gum tissues and periodontal ligaments that surround the roots of your teeth. Yet, as it progresses, gum disease also begins to affect the jawbone structure underneath your gums, causing it to grow weaker around your teeth roots.
Fortunately, the fact that gum disease is progressive also means that you have a chance to avoid this damage even if it does develop. That requires treating it as soon as possible, preferably while it’s still in its earliest stages.
Replace lost teeth with dental implants
Next to gum disease, the loss of one or more teeth is another significant factor in jawbone erosion. Your jawbone needs minerals and nutrients both for itself and the healthy, natural teeth roots that it supports. It receives these nutrients when your teeth roots stimulate the jawbone every time you bite and chew. The level of stimulation determines how much nutrition your body sends your jawbone; therefore, one or more missing teeth roots means much fewer minerals and nutrients.
The sooner you replace a lost tooth root with a dental implant post, the greater chance you have of restoring vital stimulation before your jawbone grows weaker and requires grafting.
Learn more about how to avoid jawbone grafting
Jawbone grafting may be recommended in extreme cases of bone loss in order to prepare for dental implant placement. However, with these tips, you may have a better chance at avoiding it. 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.