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The Facts About Bone Loss and Bone Grafting

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There are many reasons that bone loss occurs, with the most common being missing teeth. When the root structure disappears, the jaw bone doesn’t have something to support. Therefore, the bone density will begin to diminish. This can eventually cause teeth to shift and make typical oral functions hard to accomplish.

Why and When Is Bone Grafting Performed?

As a general rule, bone grafting is performed when you are considering the placement of dental implants and do not have sufficient jaw bone to support the implant. If there is not sufficient bone density, the dental implant cannot fuse with the bone and gum tissue. This is where bone grafting comes into play so that the implant is a possible option.

Is Donor Bone or Artificial Bone Used?

At one time, only donor bone could be used for bone grafting procedures. In other words, only bone from your own body – such as the hip or shin – could be used. However, with technological advances today, it is possible to grow artificial bone that can be used. This is important because there are some instances when harvested bone is not a viable option.

Realistic Expectations

It is important that patients understand that this type of oral surgery takes months to recovery from. It will delay the dental implant process, which is another surgery that takes month to heal from. The end results are well worth the wait, but it is crucial that you understand patience is vital.

If you’re considering a dental implant and have been told that you do not have adequate bone density, come see us at our dental medical center. We’ll talk to you about your options and determine what will work best for you so that you can get that beautiful, healthy smile that you deserve. Bone loss does not mean that you can’t have the perfect smile.