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Strengthen the Jaw Bone through Bone Grafts and Bone Regrowth

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There are many consequences of adult tooth loss. While most patients know that tooth loss can affect oral functions, tooth alignment, and the aesthetics of the smile, many patients are not familiar with the effect that tooth loss can have on the jaw. Following tooth loss (especially in cases of severe tooth loss), the jawbone fails does not get proper stimulation, and the jawbone is likely to weaken and degenerate. This can affect the overall health of the smile, may lead to additional tooth loss, and limits tooth loss treatment options. Fortunately, bone grafting can strengthen the jawbone and encourage bone regrowth. This will improve the health, structure, and strength of the smile, while also giving patients the option of restoring missing teeth with strong and durable dental restorations. Dr. Andrew R. Glenn can discuss bone grafts and bone regrowth with his Lincoln, NE patients to determine if it is the right treatment option for them.

Candidates for Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is ideal for any patient who has experienced one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A general weakening of the jawbone
  • Sunken in facial features or a lack of facial structure as a result of jawbone deterioration
  • Compromised oral functions as a result of a weak jawbone
  • Threat of additional tooth loss due to a deteriorated jawbone

In most cases, these symptoms develop following tooth loss. In order to stay strong and vital, the jawbone relies on healthy blood circulation. This circulation is stimulated by biting and chewing, which causes pressure to be absorbed by the tooth root. With the tooth root missing, the jawbone fails to be stimulated and healthy bone tissue is likely to deteriorate. Bone grafting can rebuild jawbone strength for these patients, promote bone regrowth, and provide more treatment options to address tooth loss.

Bone Graft Treatment

There are a couple of options to consider to strengthen the jawbone. Dr. Glenn will determine the most appropriate technique after examining the patient’s mouth to determine where bone structure has been lost. A bone graft may either be applied to the jaw itself (a technique known as a ridge augmentation), or it may be applied to the back region of the sinus bone in the upper jaw (a technique known as a sinus lift). In either case, a small incision will be made in the soft tissues of the mouth, a bone graft will be placed, and the gums will be closed to cover the grafting site. Over the next several months, this graft will promote natural bone regrowth. To expedite the process and ensure the effectiveness of treatment, Dr. Glenn may recommend the use of bone morphogenetic proteins, or BMPs, which promote and regulate bone healing and reformation.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

The primary benefit of bone grafting is that it promotes the regrowth of healthy jawbone tissue. In turn, this strengthens the jaw, improves oral functions, and helps to prevent future tooth loss. Following a bone graft, patients should also be ideal candidates for dental implant treatment, which offers a strong, comfortable, and durable restoration for tooth loss.

Schedule an Appointment

Without proper treatment, jawbone loss will continue to progress and can pose a serious threat to oral health and strength. If your jawbone has weakened, a bone graft can promote bone regrowth and provide your mouth with the strong foundation it requires. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about bone grafting and whether it is right for you.

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My anxiety has been through the roof the past 3 weeks but I would have never imagined it could be so easy. Thank you Dr Glenn! He has made the whole experience amazing! If you are looking for a knowledgable, caring and talented surgeon, look no further! Dr. Andrew Glenn is awesome! I have never been a fan of the dentist's office!!!
Wanda Moses
June 2016

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