When we think of the bones in our body, we obviously think of the skeleton as the framework that keeps us upright. We know these bones can change over time, explaining the growth process of the human body and diseases such as osteoporosis, and your jaw bone is no different! This is the bone that helps support your teeth.
There are many disease processes that can cause your jaw bone to resorb or break down, such as from periodontal disease. Bone resorption inside your mouth can cause many dental problems. Your facial appearance can be affected, causing a gaunt, hollow look in the cheeks, an “aged” look. That bone loss can also affect the ability to perform tooth replacement procedures, such as implants. No worries though, modern dental bone grafting techniques give way for more people than ever before to have beautiful, healthy smiles.
What is Bone Grafting?
In general, according to Healthline, “A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix problems with bones or joints. It is also useful for growing bone around an implanted device.., where there is bone loss or a fracture. A bone graft may fill an area where the bone is absent or help provide structural stability.”
Dental Bone Grafting
Here’s how the US National Library of Medicine puts it, “Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from patient′s own body, an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. Bone grafting is possible because bone tissue has the ability to regenerate completely if provided the space into which it has to grow. As natural bone grows, it generally replaces the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone.”
This procedure not only gives health and strength to the jaw bone, but it also helps in preparation for dental implants. For dental implants to be stable and strong, they need to have 1 – 2 mm of bone totally surrounding the whole length of the implant. The Mayo Clinic, along with other medical websites, list dental bone grafting on the list of possible procedures (when needed- if the jaw is not big enough) for implants!
Dr. Lalonde is a board-certified implantologist and therefore specializes in dental implants for every need. He’s an excellent resource to gauge what you need to pursue the smile of your dreams. Contact us today for a consultation at the office to meet Dr. Lalonde and this amazing team!