Dental Bone Grafting and Why You need it?
Missing a tooth might not appear like a big deal at the onset. However, after some time, you may start experiencing oral changes. While your missing tooth may not affect the appearance of your smile, it may result in bone resorption since there is no tooth remaining to stimulate the jawbone.
Luckily, advancement in technology has made it possible to restore the health of your jawbone through bone grafting. The procedure might sound scary, but Shane Nelson DDS is here to dissect bone grafting to its basics to help you take advantage of this treatment.
What exactly is bone grafting?
It’s a surgical procedure to rebuild or repair your bone through transplanting. Transplanting involves harvesting healthy bone tissue and adding it to areas missing healthy bones. The oral bone graft sources could come from your bone, human donor, animal donor, or synthetic materials containing natural minerals.
Why do I need a dental bone graft?
The chances are that you have heard the word dental implants being tossed around, even if you don’t know what they are. For the sake of those who aren’t familiar with dental implants, we will take a second to explain.
Dental implants are artificial tooth restorations that replace your natural tooth from the crown to the root. The procedure involves surgically inserting a biocompatible titanium screw deep inside your jawbone. With time, the implant post fuses with the jawbone to form a sturdy anchor, similar to that of your natural tooth root.
Unfortunately, the dental implant procedure may not be possible if you have insufficient jawbone. Reasons you may be having unhealthy bone include:
- Gum disease
- Missing teeth
- Congenital disabilities
- Medical conditions like cancer and osteoporosis
Whatever the cause of your bone loss, bone grafting may be the best solution to restore a healthy jawbone to support an implant.