Losing one or more teeth impacts your oral and overall health in several significant ways, and not all of them are immediately noticeable. However, given enough time, they can all have an increasingly more profound impact on your oral health and quality of life. One of these impacts involves the way in which your jawbone structure reacts to the loss – particularly, the absence of one or more healthy teeth roots. The domino effect that results from this loss can lead to the eventual need for treatment to strengthen the jawbone structure through grafting, especially if you plan to replace your lost teeth roots with dental implants.
The goals of the procedure
Jawbone surgery is a general term that can describe a number of different procedures, including grafting, which also differs depending on what are of the jawbone is being grafted. For instance, sinus augmentation for your upper dental ridge may be slightly different than ridge augmentation for the lower jawbone. A sinus lift may involve raising the sinus floor slightly to make room for the grafting material. While they may differ slightly, both upper and lower ridge augmentation have similar goals; to create greater mass and density in the structure. In many cases, the purpose is to build the foundation to support one or more dental implants to replace your lost teeth.
Why tooth loss affects the jawbone
Tooth loss isn’t the only condition that can affect the health and integrity of your jawbone structure. For some patients, the erosion of the bone structure can begin before a tooth is lost, especially if severe gum disease is present. One of the reasons why gum disease is the most frequent cause of tooth loss is because of the damage it causes your jawbone structure, in addition to the periodontal tissues that cover it. However, tooth loss has a more direct impact. As soon as one or more teeth roots are lost, the diminished stimulation can immediately begin impacting the integrity of your jawbone.
Grafting’s role in rebuilding your smile
When you experience significant loss of mass and density in your upper or lower jawbone, grafting may be a good way to help fortify it and rebuild your smile. Before placing dental implants, it will help ensure that there is ample bone structure to heal to the implant posts and support them long-term. However, not all cases of jawbone erosion require grafting to address. With our focus on minimally invasive treatment techniques, such as the use of small-diameter dental implant posts, we can often help minimize or avoid the need for jawbone grafting.
Learn if you need jawbone grafting
There are several reasons why jawbone grafting might be necessary to help restore and improve your smile. 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.