In the world of dental health care, dental implants are popular as the most comprehensive way of replacing lost teeth. They provide root-like posts that support your lifelike restoration in a way that closely mimics your healthy teeth roots, and can even help reduce your risks of experiencing further tooth loss. However, not as many people are as aware of the need for prerequisite treatments that can sometimes accompany dental implant treatment, such as the need for jawbone grafting. At our Ft. Worth, TX, implant office, we can help many patients enjoy dental implants while reducing the chances of needing jawbone grafting.

The debilitative consequence of tooth loss

When you experience tooth loss, there are many effects that are immediately obvious, such as the effect on your smile’s appearance. There are also impacts that can take a little longer to become noticeable, but are obvious once they do, such as how your bite functions with one or more missing teeth. However, there are also impacts to tooth loss that you may not realize until long after you’ve experienced tooth loss, such as the diminished mass and density of your jawbone structure. With one or more missing teeth, your jawbone has fewer teeth roots embedded within it, which means it receives less stimulation when you bite and chew and, as a result, fewer minerals and nutrients over time.

Why grafting is sometimes recommended

When jawbone grafting is recommended, it’s often because the jawbone has lost some of its structural integrity. This can affect its ability to receive and support the dental implants you need to rebuild your smile, which is why some patients may require jawbone grafting first. Grafting involves bonding a small amount of donor bone or biocompatible grafting material to the weakened area of the jawbone. This helps boost its mass, density, strength, and integrity, allowing for more successful dental implant placement and restoration.

Why we design minimally invasive treatment

Relying on jawbone grafting to rebuild a smile with a weakened jawbone is common for many practices, but at our office, our focus is always on providing the most minimally invasive treatment options. That includes approaching your smile with restoration with the goal of avoiding jawbone grafting and other additional procedures, or minimizing them as much as possible. For example, the use of mini dental implants may help successfully support your restoration even if your jawbone isn’t as strong as it used to be.

Find out if you really need jawbone grafting

Jawbone grafting may be necessary for some patients, but at our office, we can improve your chances of rebuilding your smile without needing 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.