Tooth loss is a big deal that affects every aspect of your life. When you lose teeth, biting, chewing, and speaking becomes more challenging. Your smile suffers. Tooth loss also affects the strength of your jawbone, leading to the loss of bone mass. Dental implants are an incredible option for replacing missing teeth. It is a unique treatment that uses small titanium posts to support dental restorations. The posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. Implants rely on the fusion of your jawbone to the posts for success. However, too little bone mass can compromise the stability of your treatment. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can replace missing bone mass with bone grafting.
The Importance of Bone Mass for Implant Success
Your teeth perform many important tasks. One of these tasks is that they provide stimulation for your jawbone. This stimulation lets your body know to send nutrients to your jaw and surrounding areas. When you suffer tooth loss, your jaw loses some of its stimulation. This causes fewer nutrients to be sent. Over time, your jawbone begins to lose mass and grow weaker.
Dental implants are designed to help stop and prevent bone loss. However, they rely on the fusion of your jawbone to the posts for success and stability. If you do not have enough bone mass, your jawbone will not be able to fuse properly, or at all. This can lead to unstable restorations and implant failure.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore mass and strength to your jawbone. The procedure involves harvesting tissue from another region of your body, or from a tissue bank, and placing it in the weak areas of your jaw. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to the graft material, restoring shape and strength to your jawbone.
The Different Types of Bone Grafts
There are a few different types of bone grafts. During your initial consultation, we go over your options and, with a thorough oral exam, we can determine the best option to meet your needs.
||Autograft. An autograft uses bone from another region in your own body. Because we use your bone material, there is no risk of disease transmission or rejection. However, an additional surgical site is required.
||Allograft. An allograft uses bone taken from a tissue bank. The bone is screened thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for use. The biggest benefit of this treatment is that you do not require an additional surgical site.
||Xenograft. A xenograft uses non-human bone mass, typically from a cow. The bone is processed at very high temperatures to make it safe for use. This type of graft is often used when a significant amount of bone needs to be restored. Like an allograft, there is no need for additional surgical sites.
||Alloplast. An alloplast uses synthetic grafting materials. These include demineralized bone matrix and bone morphogenic protein.
How is Bone Grafting Done?
Bone grafting requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin with small incisions in your jaw, exposing the bone underneath. The harvested tissue, whether your own or donor tissue, is placed into the weak areas of your jaw and your gums are sutured closed. Once you have fully healed from surgery, we can then begin the process of placing dental implants.
With bone grafting, we can restore bone mass to your jaw, which helps to increase the stability and success of your dental implants. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277.