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