You may have missing or damaged teeth and know that you need a great tooth replacement option like dental implants. However, not all patients are immediately ready for dental implants. Ideal candidates should have good, solid bone density in the jaw area. But missing teeth or a variety of other conditions may have caused the bone material in your jaw to lose volume over time. Luckily, bone grafting is a relatively simple procedure than can be used to add necessary volume to the jaw before dental implant treatment.
What Is Bone Grafting?
In the past, patients with missing or damaged teeth had few options. Dentures or no teeth were the two major forms of treatment. When these are the only options, the underlying jawbone that supports the teeth can easily atrophy with disuse. In fact, it is the continuous function of healthy teeth, gums and jaw muscles that allows the bone to stay sufficiently dense. Once teeth are lost, the jaw muscle quickly loses strength and the bone then starts to flatten out. In extreme cases when all teeth are lost, a narrow piece of bone in the mandible or a flat pancake of bone in the maxilla are the only thing that is left and the patient gains a prematurely aged look.
To combat these problems, complicated hospital-based procedures were created to address the problems with atrophy and attempt to rebuild the jaws. Most of these procedures were aimed at allowing patients to comfortably wear a denture and have normal masticatory function. Some doctors used the patient’s ribs to fashion a new jawbone structure. Skin grafts were also used to prevent the displacement of the denture while the patient was talking or eating.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Today, the need for bone grafting has been reduced for many patients, but it has not been eliminated. That being said, most cases can easily and effectively be managed in your dentist’s office. And while bone grafting used to involve harvesting and using large quantities of the patient’s own bone, today bone can be harvested from donated sources or artificially created which can drastically reduce patient healing and recovery times. Once the procedure has been completed, the patient’s should be sufficiently dense and the patient will be better equipped to support dental implant fixtures.
Come To Goehring Dental For Bone Grafting And Dental Implants
The wonderful staff at Goehring Dental knows that through no fault of their own, some patients are not immediately ready for dental implants. A lack of volume in the jaw is a serious issue that could prevent proper healing of dental implants. This is where bone grafting can help patients. A simple in-office procedure can quickly and efficiently add necessary volume and have patients ready for dental implants in no time. Want more information about dental implants or bone grafting? Check out the rest of our website or call one of our helpful staff members today. Today is a great day to get started on your best dental health ever!