When you lose teeth, many things begin to happen. Many of the effects of tooth loss are noticeable immediately. Tooth loss affects the quality of your smile, your abilities to bite and chew, and your speech. Below your gums, tooth loss also leads to bone loss in your jaw. Dental implants are a treatment for replacing missing teeth that can help to solve all of these concerns and stop the bone loss in your jaw. However, you need to have sufficient bone mass in your jaw to provide support for your implants. Legato Dental Centre can help to restore missing bone mass with bone grafting.
The Importance of Your Teeth for Your Jawbone
Your teeth play a very important role in the health and shape of your jawbone. Every time that you chew, your teeth stimulate the jawbone. This stimulation signals your body, letting it know that essential nutrient are required. With proper nutrition, your jawbone remains strong and healthy.
Bone Mass and Dental Implants
Your bone mass is important for the success of your dental implants. As you heal from implant surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw, enabling them to hold your replacement teeth securely in place. However, after tooth loss, your jawbone begins to lose mass. Without the stimulation from your missing teeth, fewer nutrients are sent to your jaw. The bone weakens and resorbs. If you lose too much bone mass before implant surgery, your bone will not be able to fuse properly, or even at all. This results in unstable dental restorations and even implant failure.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore missing bone mass to your jaw before your implants are placed. The procedure involves transplanting bone mass from one region of your body, or the bone mass from a donor to the affected areas of your jaw. The grafting material allows us to restore strength to your jaw, increasing the success of your dental implants.
Bone grafting surgery begins with small incisions in your gums, which provide us with access to your jawbone. Next, we take the harvested bone material and place it into your jaw. Your gums are then sutured closed. As you heal, your existing bone mass fuses to the graft material, giving your jaw back its strength. Once you have healed, the implant process can begin.
Types of Bone Grafts
There are several different types of bone grafts that may be used for your procedure. The type used will depend upon your specific situation. We can help to determine the best type of graft to use during your initial consultation. Types of bone grafts include:
Just because you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw during your initial consultation for dental implants, this does not mean that dental implants are out of the question. Bone grafting restores missing bone mass, restoring the strength of your jaw and enabling the successful placement of dental implants. Call Legato Dental Centre at (250) 860-5253 today to learn more and find out if bone grafting is the right solution for you.