Bone grafting is an innovative and unique way of correcting deficiencies in bone mass and bone density in areas throughout the jawbone. The procedure is most frequently seen in relation to dental implant surgery. That said it is important to note that not all dental implant procedures demand that bone grafting be performed. Only when there is insufficient bone to support proper implant placement will bone grafting be utilized. Dental implants are considered cutting-edge technology and allow for the permanent replacement of missing natural teeth. Bone grafting is important because it ensures that dental implants will remain firmly secured within the jawbone.
The Growth Of Bone Can Slow Substantially
One consideration with regard to tooth loss is that patients who do lose teeth often experience a loss of bone density and mass within the jawbone over time. In fact, the body absorbs bone when teeth have gone missing and there has been no replacement. The root of a tooth will, under normal circumstances, stimulate the jawbone to continue to grow and provide bone. When teeth go missing for whatever reason, the root no longer signals the body to create new bone. The growth of bone can slow substantially and even stop completely under these conditions. The end result is a reduction in overall bone mass within the jaw.
Long-Term Stability Of Dental Implants
Because dental implants require placement directly into bone, a lack of sufficient bone density and volume causes difficulty with the normal placement of implants. Even more concerning is that when inadequate bone mass or volume exists dental implants may become unstable. Long-term stability of dental implants depends on adequate bone mass, density and volume. Oral surgeons typically determine prior to placing dental implants whether or not there is sufficient bone mass present. If there is a lack of bone mass your surgeon or dental care provider will recommend bone grafting.
Bone From The Patient’s Body
The grafting of bone is also useful as it prevents the collapse of the empty tooth socket prior to placing an implant. Bone grafting relies upon various types of materials that are used to create the grafts. Everything from bovine bone to synthetic bone as well as bone from a tissue bank or bone from the patient’s body can be used to create long-lasting and reliable grafts. Typically speaking, grafts are only placed in areas of the jaw that require some level of augmentation. Grafts are innovative in a number of ways including the fact that they provide a structure allowing the patient’s own bone to eventually grow and replace the grafted material.
Highest Level Of Long-Term Success
Amazingly, the new bone that forms will eventually bond with existing bone providing for a stable and strong base. This ultimately ensures that dental implants enjoy the highest level of long-term success. It should be noted that if bone grafting is required that the dental implant surgery is usually delayed by a few months or more. There are many factors to consider in this regard including where the grafts are needed and whether or not the grafting procedure can be combined with the placement of dental implants. After the grafts have had time to acclimate and heal an oral surgeon can then place implants securely. If you have some questions about bone grafts, please call your Campbell dental care provider, Dr. Mehdi Vandi today to learn more about dental implants and modern safe and reliable bone grafting.