Dental implants are the best possible way to fill the gaps between the teeth, but you need to have enough jaw bone for the implant. Bone grafting in the jaw is hugely useful for those whose jaw bone has deteriorated because of loss of teeth. When you have missing teeth, the bone at that point does not get exercised from chewing. Just like other bones in your body, it needs to be exercised to maintain its integrity. A dental implant prompts bone growth and holds the implant in place just like a natural tooth. Your best option will depend on the location in your mouth where the graft is needed and how much time has passed with a missing tooth.
Other Benefits of Bone Grafting
After you have a tooth extracted, you may need bone grafting to fill the extraction site. This can usually be done during the same visit as the extraction. After the site heals, you may be ready for full or partial dentures or dental implants.
Minor Bone Loss
If the jaw bone has already started to deteriorate, it may be necessary for a larger area to be replaced. To do this, our specialist may take a portion of your own bone from your mouth or another place. This is called an autogenous bone graft.
Major Bone Loss
Major bone loss may develop because of periodontal disease or missing teeth for a long time. This requires a larger bone graft that may include your own bone or bone taken from a tissue bank. This will stimulate the jaw bone to grow new bone. The amount of time it takes to heal will depend on the size of the area and how many areas needed bone grafts, among other factors. When the area is healed, you may be ready for dental implants or full or partial dentures.
The Main Benefits of Bone Grafting in the Jaw
Some of the benefits of bone grafting include:
- It gives you options for replacing missing teeth with an emphasis on dental implants that require jaw bone. Dental implants look, function and feel like natural teeth and may last a lifetime.
- It stops teeth from drifting out of place, causing gaps in one area and overcrowding in another.
- It helps prevent bite problems, cavities and gum disease.
- It stops the cheek from sagging into the spaces left by missing teeth, making you look older than you are.
When you visit our specialist at San Tan Oral Surgery in Gilbert, AZ, your teeth, gums and jaw bone can be examined. Bone grafting may help you have better oral health, a more attractive smile and a more youthful appearance. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!