While dental implants are a great solution for addressing most people’s cases of tooth loss, there are times when receiving dental implants means undergoing one or more additional procedures to restore your smile’s foundation. One of these procedures may include jawbone grafting, which is the process of strengthening an area of your jawbone with the help of donor bone material and a biocompatible grafting matrix. Jawbone grafting is meant to restore your dental ridge’s health and integrity after it’s lost a substantial amount of bone mass and density. Because of this, there are ways you can prevent the need for it, or minimize the extent of it, with minimally invasive dental implant treatment.
Why jawbone grafting is sometimes necessary
Restoring the health and integrity of all of your oral structures is an important treatment goal, especially if you’ve experienced tooth loss. After losing one or more teeth, the impacts of the loss can affect nearly every aspect of your oral health, including the jawbone structure that supported them. For example, after losing teeth roots, many patients experience a loss of mass and density in the bone structure resulting from diminished stimulation in that part of the dental ridge. It’s important to replace these lost teeth roots with one or more dental implant posts, though the jawbone may need to be strengthened with grafting before this is possible.
How you can prevent the need for it
The need for jawbone grafting stems from the loss of structural integrity in your jawbone structure, which can occur from tooth loss, severe periodontal disease, and more. Tooth loss is preventable, but if you experience it, you can largely prevent some of the more profound consequences (such as a weakening jawbone) by addressing the loss of your teeth as soon as possible. To prevent your jawbone from losing mass and density, we can suggest placing one or more dental implants to replace your lost teeth roots as soon as possible.
How we minimize the extent of bone grafting
Losing some mass and density in your jawbone following tooth loss isn’t a guarantee that you’ll need jawbone grafting before your receiving dental implants. At our office, our focus is on making every step of your dental implant treatment process as convenient and effective as possible, which often means minimizing or avoiding the need for jawbone grafting. For instance, specially designed small-diameter dental implants can be placed in jawbone structure that has lost mass and density, often without the to strengthen the structure with grafting first.
Learn more about jawbone grafting
Jawbone grafting can be necessary for some patients to regain strength and integrity in their jawbones. However, there’s a chance you can prevent the need for it, or we can help minimize it with more conservative, customized dental implant treatment. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.