Bone Grafting

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

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:
•  Autografts. Autografts use bone tissue harvested from your own body. There is no risk of disease transmission or graft rejection.
•  Allografts. Allografts use donor tissue. With this type of graft, you avoid the need for an additional surgical site.
•  Xenografts. Xenografts use bone mass from a non-human source. The bone is processed at high temperatures to ensure safety. This type of graft is often used when larger amounts of bone graft material are required. Like allografts, you avoid the need for an additional surgical site.

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.

Legato Dental Centre

203, 1890 Cooper Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7, Canada

(250) 860-5253

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