When teeth are lost, it’s important to keep in mind that the crown which makes up your smile isn’t the only part that leaves your mouth. The roots come out right along with it, leaving your jawbone vulnerable to deterioration. Not only does deteriorated bone leave it susceptible to changing shape, and therefore changing your appearance, but it makes it more difficult to replace teeth via dental implants! Dental Care Today of Richardson is more than prepared to walk you through the steps to achieve a fully restored jawbone through bone grafts. To learn more, feel free to call our office directly!
A bone graft is a pretty common procedure designed to promote the regrowth of existing bone tissue. To perform this treatment, our office will either use existing bone inside your mouth or take donated bone from another source, then place that bone onto your existing jaw. Once placed, we’ll need to give it some time to heal and integrate with your jaw, which can take anywhere between three and six months.
Bone grafting may be necessary for some patients in preparation for dental implant placement. Patients who have gone through a long amount of time with one or more missing teeth may experience diminished jawbone density making it impossible for the implant post to fuse with the jaw. Some patients naturally have less bone tissue, and others have experienced bone loss due to health issues or facial injury or trauma.
While many patients will choose to have a bone graft after they’ve had missing teeth for many years, those who know they are going to need teeth extracted may want to be more proactive. After a tooth is extracted, the best way to maintain your existing bone tissue is to begin the grafting process immediately after.
Whatever your reason is for needing a bone graft, Dr. David Nguyen has the training and experience necessary to offer patients safe, effective bone grafting procedures to ensure successful implant placements.
While it’s obvious that having more jawbone means you’ll be eligible for more tooth replacement options, it also means you can most effectively restore aspects of your oral health and your overall appearance. Once your implant is placed, you can prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the empty space, reduce your risk for future tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss, and keep your bite even.
If you’re interested in learning more about the bone grafting process, contact Dental Care Today of Richardson to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll examine your smile and help you determine what the best course of treatment will be. If we do determine a bone graft will be necessary as part of your dental implant supported tooth replacement plan, you will need to visit us for a preparation appointment, so we can attach the bone graft. Following this procedure, you will wait several months for the new bone tissue to fuse with your existing jawbone.