Different oral health concerns can impact different aspects of your oral health and structures. Yet, in many of their severe cases, this harm includes some form of damage to the foundational ridges of your smile. For example, severe tooth decay could infect a tooth’s root canal, which extends into the bone structure of the dental ridge. Extreme gum disease, which erodes your healthy gum tissues, can also have a detrimental affect on the underlying jawbone structure if it isn’t managed properly. When one or more concerns impact this bone structure severely enough, restoring your smile’s foundation may require jawbone grafting.

Why is it recommended for your dental ridge?

Jawbone grafting, which can describe augmenting your lower jawbone or performing a sinus lift for your upper dental ridge, is designed to strengthen the health and integrity of your jawbone structure. The need for grafting can arise for several potential reasons, including the severe progression of a more common concern, such as tooth decay or gum disease. For some patients, it may also arise from the loss of one or more teeth roots, which can result in diminished stimulation in the jawbone that causes it to lose mass and density over time.

How to fully restore your smile and oral health

If your jawbone structure has lost some mass and density due to an underlying oral health concern, then jawbone grafting may be a necessary part of your overall treatment plan. For instance, if you’re recovering from severe periodontal disease, then your treatment will include repairing or restoring any severely damaged periodontal tissues and, if necessary, the bone structure underneath them. For patients who’ve experienced the loss of one or more teeth, jawbone grafting may be a necessary part of restoring their smiles with dental implants. The root-like posts will need adequate support in order to replace your lost teeth and reestablish their proper functions.

Are there other options besides jawbone grafting?

Given the nature of why jawbone grafting is often recommended, there may not be another option for fortifying your dental ridge’s strength and integrity. If it’s lost enough mass and density, then it will need to be restored in order to support your smile and bite function. However, for patients who’ve experienced tooth loss and want to replace their lost teeth with dental implants, we can often minimize the need for jawbone grafting by designing a more conservative implant treatment plant, such as using small-diameter dental implant posts.

Learn more about jawbone grafting

In some circumstances, jawbone grafting may be necessary to rebuild your smile’s foundation, though we may be able to help you minimize the extent of your treatment. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.