Tooth loss is a serious oral health issue that affects your entire life. Simple tasks that you once did without even thinking about them, such as eating and speaking, suddenly become a major challenge. Your smile is diminished, and your confidence falls. Under the gumline, tooth loss has serious implications for the health of your jawbone. Without your teeth, even just one, the bone where the teeth used to be begins to resorb and grow weak. Over time, the bone begins to change shape. Your natural teeth begin to shift out of alignment. Dental implants are a relatively recent, revolutionary treatment designed to replace missing teeth, and they have a whole host of benefits. One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss, helping you to maintain the strength of your jawbone. However, because implants rely on the fusion of your bone to the titanium rods, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining. Too much bone loss does not automatically render you ineligible. At the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS, we can restore missing bone mass, making dental implants possible, with bone grafting.
What Is a Bone Graft?
Bone loss occurs naturally when you lose a tooth. Over time, the bone grows weaker and weaker. To be considered a candidate for dental implants, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. Too much bone loss leads to an increased risk of implant failure. Bone grafting is a procedure designed to replace your missing bone mass, restoring the strength to your jawbone and making dental implants a possibility.
Types of Bone Grafts
There are several different types of bone grafts. To determine the best course of action for your needs, we thoroughly inspect your mouth and jaw. Along with a complete oral exam, we also take x-rays. These images enable us to see the condition of your jawbone. We will discuss the different types of bone grafts with you as well as their advantages and drawbacks, and determine the type of graft that will provide you with the best possible outcome. Types of grafts include:
How Is a Bone Graft Performed?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure. We begin with a local anesthetic. Sedation is also used to help you relax and remain comfortable throughout your procedure. Next, we make incisions in your gum tissue and expose the bone beneath. We then take the graft material and pack it into the areas of weakness. Finally, the gums are sutured closed. Once you have healed, a process that can take up to several months, we can then begin the implant process.
With a bone graft, strength is restored to the jaw, making dental implants a possibility. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, contact the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS at (818) 570-8525 today.
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