Your jaw is just like any other part of your body in that it requires constant exercise to remain healthy and strong. When you are missing a tooth, that specific area of the jaw weakens, causing the bone to atrophy. This “resorption” can quickly lead to a loss in bone tissue quality and density. Even worse, extensive bone deterioration can prevent patients from immediately qualifying for dental implants. At Harry Albers DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our Santa Rosa dentist offers bone grafting as a supplemental procedure to prepare you for dental implant solutions.
What are the Benefits of Bone Grafting?
Once bone tissue in your jaw has been reabsorbed or has otherwise diminished, the long-term consequences can quickly impact the look and function of your jaw and smile overall. Bone grafting by our Santa Rosa implant dentist help mitigate these issues by reinforcing this key smile foundation. This provides patients with a number of long-term advantages, including:
- Facial Preservation: As the bone deteriorates, the face loses its structural integrity. This causes the shape of the face to change, often resulting in the appearance of a sagging jawline. By reinforcing thinning bone tissue, bone grafting helps reverse the look of premature ageing and preserves the shape and strength of your jaw.
- Promotes Better Bite Function: The jaw bone is the foundation of your smile. When weakened by missing teeth and resorption, teeth can shift and ruin your bite. This has a domino-like effect, leading to uneven wear on certain teeth, stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and more. Bone grafting followed by dental implant placement helps prevent these issues from compromising your overall health.
- Improves Dental Implant Candidacy: Successful implants rely heavily on their integration into a jaw with sufficient density. If the bone deteriorates too much, patients cannot receive dental implants. Bone grafting as a pre-treatment reduces the risk of implant failure and ensures your future implants are as successful as possible.
Types of Bone Grafting
In implant dentistry, bone grafting procedures fall into one of two categories:
Full Bone Grafting
If there is extensive damage to the bone tissue, you may require a separate procedure that typically precedes the dental implants placement by several months. These bone grafts aim at significantly changing the shape and size of the dental ridge to help rebuild a strong, healthy jawbone. Patients who receive these bone grafts are often individuals who’ve been missing teeth for years at a time or those who’ve had a significant amount of their jawbone removed as part of another treatment.
Limited Bone Graft
In some cases, patients might have enough bone tissue to anchor the implant, but not enough to cover the sides of the dental implant. For these patients, our Santa Rosa dentist will recommend a limited bone grafting procedure to reinforce the existing bone and reduce the risk of dental implant failure. As this procedure in not nearly as extensive as a full bone graft, it may be performed at the time of the dental implants surgery at the discretion of Dr. Albers.
What are the Materials Used in a Bone Graft?
When it comes to dental implants and other restorations, our team strives to providing patients with the highest quality materials. For bone grafting treatments, our Santa Rosa dentist prefers to use the patient’s own bone tissue when performing bone grafts as this reduces the risk of rejection and helps ensure faster natural tissue regeneration. In cases where the patient cannot provide their own donor tissue, we’ll discuss alternative material options.
Learn more about Bone Grafting Today – Visit Dr. Albers
Dental implant success depends on the strength and health of your jawbone. If your smile has been compromised by tooth loss, gum disease, failed root canals, or other conditions, Dr. Albers can help you create a sturdy, healthy foundation with bone grafting. Call our Santa Rosa dental implant and cosmetic dentistry practice today to schedule your comprehensive exam today!