The procedure of bone grafting is often associated closely with restorative dentistry treatments such as dental implants and bridge work. This is because the success of these restorations is highly dependent upon the density and volume of the bone at the restoration site. If the jawbone is deteriorated or damaged, then bone grafting is recommended to provide a stable foundation for implants.
Jawbone deterioration may be caused due to the following reasons:
- Infection and Injury: Infection or trauma to the jawbone can cause the bone to recede.
- Tooth Extraction: When a tooth is extracted or lost, the bone at the site starts to deteriorate. In fact, people who get extractions could loose up to 60% of bone around the extraction site in three years after the extraction.
- Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can cause permanent damage to the jawbone. Affected areas can continue to worsen and make the teeth unstable.
Bone grafting followed by implant surgery is a great way to permanently replace your missing, damaged or diseased teeth. It increases the width and height of the jawbone as required and fills defects and voids in the bone.
Benefits of bone grafting
- Prevents further bone recession: Bone grafts can be used to prevent or limit bone deterioration after a periodontal disease, tooth extraction or other invasive dental procedures that may affect the bone.
- Stabilizes the jaw: Bone grafts help in the restoration of the jaw to provide a stable foundation for dental implants. They can also help correct any deformities in the jaw.
A thorough oral examination is conducted prior to suggesting bone grafts as a treatment option. In case you are suffering from periodontal disease or if the adjacent teeth are weak or infected, they will need to be treated before the procedure. The current condition of the bone will also be examined by means of an X-Ray. The procedure begins by anesthetizing the area and making an incision in the gum to access the bone. The graft is then placed and may be covered with a thin membrane to protect it. The area is then sutured, and you will be allowed to rest for a while before giving you instructions for post-op care.
If you wish to know more about how bone grafting can provide added strength to your jawbone or correct deformities, schedule a consultation at Cornerstone Dental Associates by calling (940) 365-7665. We are located at 12000 US Highway 380, Suite 114 Crossroads, TX 76227.