Disease, lost teeth and other factors can cause bone loss in the jaw bones, weakening the bone structure. Gum disease is often a contributing factor, but there are other health conditions that can also lead to bone loss. At Alluvial Dental Center, we provide a comprehensive list of dental services to care for our patients’ oral health, making it possible to get most of the dental care you need at one location. One of the specialty services we offer is bone grafting for our patients with deteriorating bone in the jaw.
Bone grafting is usually done in a dental setting to help improve the density of the jaw bone to allow for dental implants or to improve the oral health of the patient. Dental implants require sufficient bone growth to stabilize the structure. If enough bone is not available, the titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw will not adhere to the bone. Bone grafting can add new bone to the jaw to give those with minimal bone structure the ability to receive dental implants.
How Bone Grafting Works
A bone graft is the placement of bone tissue from another source to enhance the jaw bone. The tissue can be derived from a few different places, but is often removed from another bone in the patient’s body. However, if removing bone tissue from a donor location is not possible, grafting tissue can be used from another human, animal or synthetic sources.
During the procedure, the grafted tissue is surgically added to the weakened areas. The graft itself is only a catalyst for bone growth. It acts like a scaffolding around which new bone can grow. Once new bone generates, it replaces the bone grafting. When successful, it can help improve the health of the gums and give a sufficient anchor for new dental implants.
If you are considering dental implants or have been diagnosed with significant bone loss in the jaw, bone grafting can help improve the health and appearance of your jaw bone and facial structure. Contact Alluvial Dental Center today to learn more about our bone grafting options to improve your oral health.