When you begin missing teeth and of the most serious consequences of the loss will be bone loss in the jaw. The process begins as soon as a tooth is lost because the natural stimulation for the growth of bone created by the forces of the teeth chewing no longer exists. The results can be dramatic because the width of the bone can reduce by 25 percent in the first year
Your mouth can be affected in several ways by a progressive bone loss by causing a decrease in the gum tissue and limiting your choices for tooth replacements. Losing more teeth over the years will alter the appearance of your face if the distance between the nose and the chin shortened noticeably at the years pass by.
Thankfully bone loss of the excessive variety is not inevitable if you lose a tooth because dentists can perform a bone graft with materials that can stimulate new growth of the bone at the site of the missing tooth. If the bone graft is placed immediately after extracting a tooth excessive bone loss can be prevented to allow for dental implants to be placed in the future.
Dentists are performing bone grafts by using materials derived from four sources. The patient, another human being or cadaver, animals and synthetic materials. Which bone graft types to be used will be determined by the dentist according to the patient’s individual situation. The materials used for the bone grafting are thoroughly disinfected and safe for grafting.
Many patients approach dentists for dental implants with the inadequate jawbone in their mouths compelling the dentist either to suggest a bone graft in the mouth or offer alternatives to the patient as a replacement for their lost teeth. Patients with the inadequate bone that are willing to undergo oral bone graft will be prepared for the surgery after an evaluation to determine whether the patient is in the good general health of the recovery. Bone graft types of different varieties may also be used for saving teeth by periodontal disease to repairing traumatic injuries to the mouth for the benefit of the patient.
Bone grafting halts the accelerated bone loss in a patient and becomes a good choice for tooth replacement in cosmetic dentistry with the help of dental implants. Dental implants have increased in popularity ever since they were introduced 30 years ago. They have become popular in both dentists and patients alike for their durability, lifelike appearance, applicability with many other tooth replacement options.
Having dental implants in the mouth may seem easy but they require adequate bone at the site for proper anchorage. The bone graft can ensure the eventual crown placement of the implant will function properly and appear lifelike. Bone regeneration from drafting can improve the bone mass of a missing tooth making a dental implant virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
Bone loss can harm your oral health and can make you appear older than you are. However, in many cases, bone can be regenerated and strengthened to provide you many benefits both for your health and appearance.
The technology for bone grafting is continuing to evolve with advancements not only to promote new bone growth but growth in a controlled manner to get the best results. Bone grafting is truly creating fresh opportunities for better mouth function for many people that have benefited from an attractive smile.
Many people may be concerned about the higher costs of bone grafts when they are already burdened with the price they will have to pay for dental implants. However, they can rest assured that these procedures are covered by dental insurance and if they have coverage for themselves they should be making inquiries with their insurer and dentist to understand how much reimbursement they can claim from the dental insurance company. Patients must also be prepared to wait for the healing period of the bone grafts before they can get implants and finally the replacement teeth in their mouths which could be quite a long time. The procedure is intensive and requires plenty of patience on the part of the patient. However, it is the only option for patients that have the inadequate bone in their mouths that desire to have dental implants as well.