When you have teeth replaced with dental implants, dentures, or even risk losing a tooth due to abnormal bone loss, it’s important to preserve a healthy level of bone structure in the mouth to extend the life of other teeth or support your dental appliance. When there is not enough natural bone, your dentist may place what is called a bone graft in the area where additional support is needed.
Bone grafts may come from your own body, a donor, or synthetic bone. Placing the graft in the area where bone re-growth is needed will encourage your body to begin reforming bone around the new graft, ensuring the stability of the area. Healing and optimum re-growth usually occurs within about 3 months before the area is sound enough to support a prosthesis such as a dental implant or denture.
If you were never a candidate for dental implants, you may want to ask your dentist if bone grafting is the answer. By having conservative graft therapy in areas where additional support is needed, dental implants can become an option for your tooth replacement needs.
Your bone levels are evaluated using dental x-rays as well as taking detailed clinical measurements that determine tissue attachment levels. Attachment can change over time and typically decreases with age. Seeing your dentist for routine preventive care appointments can help you prevent future attachment loss and reverse initial gum disease infections that would otherwise contribute to more bone loss. Your dental hygienist and dentist will guide you to determine a home care routine that creates a healthy environment for success of your bone implant and reduce your risks for future bone loss in other areas.
Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics
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