Bone Grafting – Gainesville, FL
Getting Ready for Dental Implants
If you want to fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants, bone loss in your jaw could be a significant obstacle. Implant posts need healthy bone tissue to fuse with for stability; without that tissue, they won’t be able to stay in your mouth without causing significant pain or other oral health issues. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on getting implants! You could still be a candidate for the procedure after a successful bone grafting from Dr. Art Mowery and Dr. Kim Mowery. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and start clearing the path for strong, durable new teeth.
What Causes Bone Loss?
Generally speaking, deterioration of the jaw tends to occur once teeth have been lost or removed (hence why bone grafts are often necessary before dental implant surgery). Chewing and biting help stimulate the jaw, but this can’t happen without your teeth. Once the area is no longer being stimulated, it will start to break down because the body is no longer using it. This usually happens within 18 months of the initial tooth loss.
Gum disease is another possible reason for bone loss. The bacteria involved with severe gum disease can attack the jawbone, causing it to gradually break down over time.
Candidates for Bone Grafting
If you have teeth that were missing for a long time, experienced some type of injury that damaged the jaw, or suffered from gum disease, you may be a potential candidate for bone grafting. Of course, while the procedure is often part of the dental implant process, it’s not always a necessary step; it’s intended for patients that would otherwise lack the bone density that implant posts require.
To determine whether or not you need a bone graft, we’ll first need to confirm that you’re in good health overall. Then we’ll use digital X-rays to find the exact locations where the implants need to be placed and check the bone density levels in those areas.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
The tissue used for the graft will normally come from another part of your body such as the tibia, the hip, or another part of your jaw; in other cases, a donor’s bone tissue or a synthetic material could be used instead. After the mouth has been appropriately numbed, we’ll make an incision in the gums to expose the intended site of the graft. The material will be surgically placed in these areas before the gums are shut again. You will then need to wait a few months for the graft to fully integrate with the jaw.