While everyone’s dental health and treatment is unique, some principles remain the same for everyone. For example, no matter your dental health concern, the optimal treatment is typically the one that offers the most minimally invasive solution to improving your oral health. When it comes to recovering from tooth loss, that need is especially great. There are many consequences that following losing one or more teeth, and in many cases, rebuilding your smile means addressing these consequences as well as replacing your lost teeth. For some patients, this may include the prospect of needing jawbone grafting to strengthen the jawbone following tooth loss. However, with minimally invasive implant treatment, patients who might expect to need jawbone grafting can often enjoy their dental implants without it.
When the procedure might be recommended
The point of jawbone grafting is to help bolster the strength and integrity of your jawbone structure after it has lose some of its mass and density. This loss can occur for a variety of different reasons, depending on the state of your oral health. For example, one of the reasons why severe gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss is because of the damage that it causes to your periodontal tissues and jawbone structure. Over time, this destruction leaves your teeth without adequate support, leading to one or more of them being lost. After losing one or more teeth, the absence of their roots can also contribute to the diminished strength and integrity of your jawbone, as they’re no longer present to stimulate your dental ridge.
How to minimize or eliminate the need for it
The best way to minimize the need for jawbone grafting, or any complex oral health treatment, is to prevent the common things that lead to it. For instance, if you prevent gum disease or treat it in its early stages, you can successfully manage it before it causes damage to your oral tissues and jawbone structure. If you experience tooth loss, you can mitigate the impact on your dental ridge by replacing the tooth and its root with a dental implant restoration. However, if you’ve already experienced enough jawbone erosion to impact your tooth replacement procedure, then a custom, minimally invasive approach may help lower your chances of needing jawbone grafting.
Learn if jawbone grafting is necessary
If you’ve lost mass and density in your jawbone, then find out how we may be able to help you avoid the need for jawbone grafting before rebuilding 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.