Sometimes, restoring or rebuilding your smile might require a bit more than you expect. For example, if you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, then some of the consequences of tooth loss may have created a need for additional procedures, such as jawbone grafting. Before planning your smile restoration, we can perform a comprehensive examination of your oral and jawbone structures to help you determine if jawbone grafting is a good idea for you.

What jawbone grafting is designed for

Jawbone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves strengthening a weakened area of your upper or lower jawbone structure. Donor bone and/or biocompatible grafting material can be bonded to the specific area of your jawbone, which accepts the graft as biologically compatible and fuses it to the overall bone structure. This enhances the bone structure’s strength and integrity by adding mass and density to it, which may have been lost over time due to the loss of teeth roots and the stimulation they provided. When it’s necessary, grafting can be an efficient way to prepare your smile to receive dental implant posts to successfully replace your lost teeth and their roots.

Common reasons for needing a graft

The need for a jawbone graft isn’t common, but there are a few specific reasons why it may be recommended. For example, one of the more frequent reasons involves the reaction of your jawbone structure after having lost one or more teeth roots. This loss results in diminished stimulation in that area of your jawbone, which causes it to lose mass and density over time. Other conditions, such as severe periodontal disease or traumatic injury, might also negatively impact the health and integrity of your jawbone structure, contributing to the potential need for jawbone grafting in order to fully restore your smile.

How to determine if you need jawbone grafting

While tooth loss, periodontal disease, and other conditions may make jawbone grafting necessary for some patients, our goal is always to help minimize the extent of treatment patients require to restore their smiles. This includes using minimally invasive surgical and dental implant techniques to help streamline dental implant placement and restoration. This may include the use of small-diameter dental implants, which are thinner and can be successfully placed in jawbone structure that has lost some of its mass and density.

Find out if jawbone grafting is a good idea for you

Under certain circumstances, jawbone grafting may be a good way to rebuild your smile’s foundation. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.