When you have one or more missing teeth, you have a few options as to how your dentist can treat you. You can receive a dental bridge, dentures or partial dentures, or dental implants. While all of these have different benefits, dental implants are a great solution that offer a natural-looking appearance and great functionality. They are almost undetectable and give you a permanent solution to your missing teeth. However, if you have bone loss or poor bone quality, you may have issues receiving dental implants. Fortunately, there is a new treatment available for you so that you can have dental implants despite having poor bone quality in your gums or jawbone. At Fulks Family Dental, our dentist can perform bone grafting so that you can have a dental implant that remains firmly in your mouth.
Why do people have bone loss?
Bone loss can happen for a variety of reasons. For example, extracting or losing teeth often results in bone loss. Or, perhaps you were born without a tooth bud, or you lost teeth in an accident. Most bone loss in the gumline and jaw is caused by gingivitis or periodontal disease, however. The bacteria from an untreated infection can affect the alveolar bones before spreading to the jawbone. And, if you have gum disease, you may have to extract the diseased teeth as well.
How does Bone Grafting work?
With bone graft treatment at Fulks Family Dental, your dentist will use a small piece of bone from another location in your body or donor bone tissue to strengthen your jawbone. Bone grafting requires small incisions in your gum tissue, so you will need sedation dentistry during the procedure. After this dental surgery, your mouth must heal completely, and our dentist will monitor the health of the bone by collecting medical images. When your incision has healed completely and the new bone has integrated with the alveolar bones, you are ready to have dental implants implanted surgically. This will fill in the gap in your teeth, regaining your confidence in eating all types of foods, as well as smiling.