The process of replacing lost teeth and their roots with dental implants can often be pretty straight-forward. However, for some patients, the collateral effects of tooth loss can cause several other concerns that can grow worse over time, and sometimes, it can impact the details of the dental implant process. One of the most consequential of these effects is the loss of your jawbone’s mass and density after having lost one or more teeth roots. Taking this loss into account, we can customize a dental implant treatment plan specifically to rebuild your smile, which may include grafting in severe cases of jawbone erosion.
The supportive foundation for your teeth
Your healthy, natural teeth are supported by a complex system of bone structure, periodontal ligaments, and tissues, each of which serves an important purpose in stabilizing your teeth. Your jawbone structure is especially important, as it contains the sockets in which your teeth roots are secured. In a mutually dependent relationship, your teeth roots also stimulate your jawbone structure when you bite and chew your food. This stimulation keeps your jawbone strong and healthy so that it can adequately support your healthy, natural teeth roots.
The support your dental implants need
The reason dental implants are so much more efficient at replacing lost teeth is because they’re designed to replace your lost teeth roots, as well. Much like your teeth roots, this means your dental implant posts will need an adequate amount of jawbone structure in order to function properly. Because of this, your dental implant consultation will include a thorough evaluation of your jawbone structure to determine if it’s lost any mass and density, and to what degree. In many cases, we can accommodate the loss of jawbone structure by utilizing highly precise treatment techniques and specialized, small-diameter implants.
The potential need for jawbone grafting
A healthy enough jawbone is essential to the success of your dental implant posts, but the only time we recommend jawbone grafting is when absolutely necessary. This can include after years of jawbone erosion due to severe tooth loss and multiple missing teeth roots. It can also be made worse by chronic oral health conditions such as periodontal disease, which systematically destroys the foundation of your smile to make it the leading cause of tooth loss. After a careful examination, we can help you determine if jawbone grafting is really necessary, or if you can benefit from our more minimally invasive treatment methods.
Learn more about jawbone grafting and dental implants
Because of the extensive impact that missing teeth roots can have on your jawbone, grafting might be necessary in extreme cases to fortify your jawbone before dental implant placement. 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.