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There are many causes of jawbone loss, including missing teeth, trauma to the mouth, and tumor removal. If you have experienced a loss of jawbone density, you may be a good candidate for a dental bone grafting procedure. Contact our Lincoln, NE practice to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
The majority of our patients require a bone graft because they have lost jawbone tissue due to missing teeth. In terms of the jawbone, the teeth serve an important function. When a patient bites and chews, the tooth roots stimulate the alveolar bone, and the body responds by sending blood flow and nutrients to the jawbone. If the tooth roots are missing, the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation and nutrients, causing it to resorb, or break down. This can cause any remaining teeth to become loose and make the facial structure appear more sunken in.
To treat missing teeth and restore the stimulation and nutrients to the jawbone, patients can undergo dental implant treatment. However, patients must have sufficient jawbone density to be considered good candidates for dental implant surgery. To create enough volume to support the dental implants, some patients may require a bone graft procedure.
A blow to the face or a knocked out tooth can result in deterioration of the jawbone. If you have suffered an oral injury as a result of an auto accident, sports accident, assault, or other accident, Dr. Glenn can perform a bone graft procedure to restore the strength of your jawbone.
Dr. Glenn can perform oral surgery to remove cysts and tumors, during which he may need to remove a portion of the jawbone. In these cases, he can perform a reconstructive bone graft to restore the strength and appearance of the jaw.
When periodontitis is allowed to progress, the bacterial infection can reach the jawbone, leading to its gradual deterioration. Gum disease is also the most common cause of tooth loss, which further damages the jawbone. If you have severe gum disease, a bone graft may be part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
Dr. Glenn offers several advanced and effective bone graft techniques, including particulate grafts, block grafts, sinus lifts, and the use of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs). To find out if you are a good candidate for a bone graft and which treatment is right for you, contact the practice of Andrew R. Glenn, DDS, MD today.
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