After losing or having to extract one or more natural teeth, their loss can have continuous impacts on many other parts of your oral health. One of the most profound impacts is the loss of mass and density that occurs within the jawbone structure in the area where you’ve lost teeth. The roots of your teeth are vital to maintaining your jawbone’s strength and integrity, and losing one or more of them can cause a loss of stimulation that has long-lasting consequences for your dental ridge. In some cases, restoring a smile that’s experienced jawbone erosion can require jawbone grafting, though this isn’t always the case.

Why jawbone grafting is sometimes recommended

The overall strength, health, and integrity of your jawbone plays important roles in many different aspects of your oral health. The size, shape, and symmetry of your upper and lower jawbone can influence the overall symmetry and balance of your teeth and bite. The loss of its mass and density can negatively affect this symmetry, as well as your jawbone’s ability to continue supporting and sustaining the rest of your healthy, natural teeth. Jawbone grafting may be recommended when the loss of mass and density in the bone structure is significant enough to impact these factors, or to make replacing your lost teeth with dental implants more effective.

Preventing the causes of jawbone erosion

The loss of your natural teeth roots is one of the most significant contributing factors in the loss of your jawbone’s mass and density. However, other factors may include chronic oral health concerns such as periodontal disease, which systematically erodes the tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth roots. Preventing this erosion requires successfully preventing gum disease with good hygiene and preventive dental care, or treating the disease as early as possible if it develops. If you experience tooth loss, then replacing the tooth’s root with a dental implant can restore the stimulation it provided, helping you preserve the jawbone’s integrity in that area.

Restoring your smile and oral structures

For patients who want to replace their lost teeth with one or more dental implant posts, the strength and integrity of their jawbone structure will also have an influence on their overall treatment plan. For instance, if the loss of mass and density in their jawbone structure is significant, then grafting may be necessary. However, many patients can avoid or lessen their need for grafting with the help of small-diameter dental implants, which can be successfully placed in areas of the jawbone that aren’t as dense.

Learn if you can avoid jawbone grafting

Sometimes, dealing with the consequences of tooth loss may require jawbone grafting, though there are steps you may take to help reduce your chances of needing it. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.