At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we offer a full complement of dental implant services, from designing your treatment to placing and restoring your dental implant posts. For patients who require it, we can also perform jawbone grafting for your upper ridge (sinus lift) or lower jawbone (ridge augmentation). The procedure may help you fortify your jawbone to make placing your dental implants more successful. Yet, with our minimally invasive approach to treatment, we can help many patients avoid the need for grafting and still enjoy the many benefits of dental implants.

What’s the point of jawbone grafting?

The main goal of jawbone grafting is to address the concern of a weakened jawbone, or one that has lost some of its mass and density. This loss can occur for several different reasons. For instance, if you suffer from severe periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), the condition can gradually erode your jawbone structure as well as your gum tissues. In fact, this erosion is what makes gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss, and losing one or more teeth roots can enhance the loss of your jawbone structure.

When is it usually recommended?

If you’ve lost a significant amount of jawbone structure due to severe gum disease, then jawbone grafting might be a necessary part of your periodontal treatment. If you’ve lost one or more teeth a long time ago and the loss of their roots has caused significant loss to your jawbone’ mass and density, then grafting might also be a part of preparing for dental implants. Because our focus is always on keeping your treatment as minimally invasive as possible, we’ll only suggest jawbone grafting if absolutely necessary.

How can you avoid the need for grafting?

There are a few ways you can avoid the need for jawbone grafting, beginning with seeking treatment for any dental issues present as soon as possible. Most importantly, replacing lost teeth roots with dental implants soon after losing them will help you avoid the erosion of your jawbone that results from the missing root. At our office, we may recommend specialized, small-diameter implants that can be placed even if your jawbone isn’t as dense as it used to be. In many cases, this can help patients avoid the need for grafting their jawbone structure before being able to replace their lost teeth roots.

Learn more about jawbone grafting

Jawbone grafting can help fortify your jaw before receiving implants, but with our minimally invasive approach, we may help you avoid the need for it. For more information, 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.