Everybody’s dental health needs are different, so dental treatments are customizable by necessity. Even similar cases, such as tooth loss, can require different approaches for different patients, even when some specifics are similar (like the number of lost teeth). One variable includes the health and integrity of your jawbone structure, which can be impacted by a wide range of factors surrounding your tooth loss. For some patients, the impact can be so great as to need grafting in order to strengthen their jawbones. For many others, however, we can design a dental implant treatment plan that helps avoid the need for jawbone grafting, even if some mass and density has been lost.
What the procedure is meant for
Jawbone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves grafting bone or biocompatible grafting material onto a weakened area of the jawbone. The procedure may be necessary due to a significant loss of mass and density in the structure, which may result from loss of stimulation due to one or more missing teeth roots. It can also be one of many different consequences of severe gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss due to the damage it does to your gums and jawbone structure.
How this relates to your dental implants
The loss of mass and density in your jawbone can impact your oral health and quality of life in several ways. If not addressed, it can begin to affect your facial appearance as your jawbone grows smaller and surrounding bone structures seem to collapse. In the more immediate term, the loss of mass and density means your jawbone has grown weaker, and this may impact your ability to receive traditional implant posts. Dental implants must be placed within jawbone structure that’s ample enough to support them. Depending on the severity of jawbone erosion, grafting might be required to make dental implant placement possible.
Why we help you avoid it, if possible
While some people may require jawbone grafting, we only recommend it at our office if it’s absolutely necessary. In most other cases, we can utilize a combination of advanced dental implant techniques, minimally invasive treatment planning, and specialized dental implant posts to rebuild your smile without having to graft your jawbone. For example, with smaller diameter dental implants, or mini dental implants, we can place an appropriate number of implant posts within jawbone structure that may not be as dense as it used to be.
Learn more about jawbone grafting
For some people, jawbone grafting might be necessary to rebuild their smiles, but we strive to minimize your treatment by helping you avoid it, if possible. 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.