Depending on the specific reason why you’ve experienced tooth loss, part of your condition may include some loss of your jawbone’s mass and density. For example, severe gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, involves the erosion of your jawbone structure as well as your gum tissues. Even if you don’t have gum disease, your jawbone may be weaker if it’s been a while since you’ve lost teeth and their roots. Fortunately, we can help you enjoy the benefits of dental implants even if your jawbone isn’t as strong as it used to be.
The importance of your jawbone to dental implants
Your jawbone is important both the placement and success of your dental implants and restoration. The point of dental implants is to replace your lost teeth roots so that your restoration is nearly as comfortable, secure, and stable as your healthy and natural teeth. To successfully place the implant posts, you need an adequate amount of jawbone structure to receive them. After they’re placed, you jawbone must be healthy enough to fuse to the implants’ surfaces securely, and to sustain them as they absorb your bite pressure.
Jawbone grafting to strengthen the foundation
When patients exhibit severe levels of jawbone erosion, they may benefit from jawbone grafting to strengthen it. The procedure involves using donor bone structure from another part of the body, or a biocompatible grafting material that integrates with the jawbone structure. This can help bolster your jawbone’s mass and density to better prepare it for dental implant placement, and improve the long-term success of your implant-supported dental restoration.
Using small-diameter implants to minimize treatment
Jawbone grafting can be a highly successful procedure for strengthening a weakened jawbone. However, at our office, our goal is to design the most minimally invasive treatment plan for all patients, especially those who have special considerations for replacing lost teeth. For example, while we can perform jawbone grafting when absolutely necessary, we can also help minimize or eliminate the need for grafting by utilizing small-diameter implant posts for your smile restoration.
Learn your options by scheduling a visit
Dental implants rely on a strong, healthy jawbone, but if yours has grown weak, you may have several options to enjoy all of the benefits of dental implants. 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.