It is extremely important to understand that the jawbone and the teeth support and strengthen each other (bone holds our teeth in place) and if any one of them is damaged or lost, other parts suffer.
Bone requires stimulation (biting and chewing) to preserve its form and density. But, once a tooth is lost or removed, bone loss becomes inevitable. There is no stimulation and pressure at all because the bone doesn’t have anything to support anymore It gradually deteriorates and erodes, and in just the first year of tooth loss, the width of the bone is dramatically reduced by 25%.
Progressive and excessive bone loss can adversely affect your self confidence–health and appearance. With lack of structural support, you look older than your age, you have decreased gum tissue and lose more teeth along with other oral health issues. Luckily, with the cutting edge dental solutions and dental services, bone loss can be prevented and reversed through dental bone grafting treatment.
An ADA Certified Dentist can perform a dental bone graft treatment and procedure with materials that promote new bone growth following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting is also used to achieve the following treatment goals.
- Tooth Extractions — it is performed to maintain bone structure and density after tooth removal. A graft material is deposited into a tooth socket right after a tooth has been removed to prevent excessive bone loss and allow future dental implants to be placed.
- Keep teeth in place—severe periodontal disease causes bone loss that can loosen the teeth. Through a dental bone grafting treatment, the bone around the teeth can be strengthened and regenerated to keep the them intact.
- Dental Implants — If you have already experienced excessive bone loss, bone graft for dental implants is necessary for optimal results.
Bone grafts are derived from different sources. Bone graft materials used may vary depending on the findings and recommendation of your professional dentist.
- Autograft — The bone is taken from the patient’s own body.
- Allograft —The bone is donated by another human being.
- Xenograft — The bone is harvested from animals, such as cows.
- Alloplast –This is a synthetic material developed in a laboratory.
Donor tissue from another person or animal is thoroughly and meticulously screened, disinfected, sterilized, sanitized and processed to ensure that it is safe for bone grafting (free from any bacteria or diseases). Both harvested and synthetic bone materials can be stored in the Dental Bone Grafting Clinics and used with local anesthesia for your dental bone grafting treatment.
After Dental Bone Grafting Surgery, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days, but can be managed with anti inflammatory and pain reliever medications. An antibiotic may also be prescribed to prevent any infection. There are also some dietary restrictions (e.g. soft foods only), while the mouth heals. The grafting material will eventually be absorbed by your body and completely replaced by your own new bone over the next several months, reversing the bone loss you have experienced.
Dental bone grafting treatment and procedure will depend on the location of the mouth, the extent of bone loss and the length of time the tooth is being lost or removed. Visit your LA Certified Dentist to determine what bone grafting approach is best for you to regain your bone loss and restore your youthful countenance.
Bone grafting can truly restore your dental function and create a more forever attractive smile.