In modern dentistry, implants are revered as the most advanced and long-lasting solution for damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth or even an entire smile with All-on-4 implants. But since implants are surgically embedded into and supported by the jawbone, they require sufficient bone volume and density.
Many patients with missing or severely damaged teeth suffer from jawbone loss. At Smart Arches, our dental implant specialists can use bone grafting to restore the necessary jawbone structure and strength before placing your dental implants.
Why the jawbone is important for dental implants
Like your natural teeth, dental implants rely on the jawbone for structure and support. Dental implants are small metal posts that are embedded into the jawbone to act as an anchor for a tooth prosthetic.
The materials used for implants (usually titanium or zirconia) are biocompatible. This means that the implant will fuse with the jawbone over time. This fusion process is essential to the longevity and strength of your implant, so having a healthy jawbone with adequate density is a necessity.
Damaged or missing teeth can cause bone loss
The jawbone and teeth are uniquely interconnected. The jawbone provides support for the teeth, while the teeth stimulate bone growth through daily activities like chewing and talking.
Missing, decayed, or broken teeth will deprive the jawbone of the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. This leads to bone deterioration, which can result in a number of negative cosmetic and health-related symptoms, including:
- A sunken facial appearance
- Pain while chewing
- Affected speech
- Misaligned teeth
- Wrinkling around the mouth
- And more
Bone grafting and dental implants can help!
If you’ve experienced bone loss in your jaw due to damaged or missing teeth, bone grafting in conjunction with dental implants can help to provide the support you need to improve the health of your jaw and teeth.
What is bone grafting?
Once placed, the bone graft encourages the repair process in your body by providing a structure on which your natural bone tissue can begin to grow and regenerate. Once there’s sufficient bone density in your jawbone, we can place dental implants and restore the health and appearance of your smile!
How the process works
The bone grafting process begins with a comprehensive oral exam. We’ll also take x-rays to determine the severity of your bone loss. Then, we’ll work with you to determine whether bone grafting is necessary, create the right treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have.
If you require bone grafting, here’s what you can expect from the process:
- First, we’ll use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area.
- Then, we’ll make a small incision in your gums in order to access your jawbone.
- After we disinfect the area, we’ll add the bone grafting material to the locations where bone loss has taken place.
- We’ll cover the bone graft with a protective membrane and then reposition and resecure your gums with stitches.
- Finally, we’ll give you comprehensive aftercare instructions to help ensure you have a smooth recovery.
Is bone grafting always necessary for dental implants?
If you have experienced depletion or weakening of the jawbone, then bone grafting may be necessary in order for a dental implant to be successful. However, if you already have enough healthy bone to support a dental implant, then bone grafting won’t be necessary.
Choose Smart Arches for your bone grafting and dental implant needs!
At Smart Arches, our dental implant specialists have years of real-world clinical experience providing patients with the expert restorative treatments they need. If you have sustained bone loss due to missing or damaged teeth, we can provide you with bone grafting and dental implants to improve your oral health and overall quality of life.
Don’t let bone loss stop you from achieving your smile goals. Contact us today for a FREE consultation to see how we can help!