Different Types of Bone Grafting
Depending on the patient’s needs, there are different kinds of bone grafts that may be required. When you join us for a consultation, we will be happy to explain these distinctions in greater detail.
Jaw Bone Health
Your jaw bone requires constant stimulation in order to remain healthy; that stimulation comes from the tooth root. When you lose your teeth, you lose that stimulation, meaning that untreated tooth loss can have an adverse effect on the health of your jaw. Not only can this result in a sunken facial appearance, but it may result in pain or impaired functionality. A bone graft can help restore the jaw bone that you have lost.
Jaw Bone Loss and Deterioration
The jaw bone may deteriorate for any number of reasons. It can happen when you have a tooth extracted and do not replace it promptly. It can happen as a result of untreated periodontal disease. It can even happen as a result of dentures or dental bridges, which can replace lost teeth but not necessarily tooth roots. No matter the cause of your deteriorated jaw tissue, a bone graft can offer restoration.
Following a tooth extraction, many patients require a dental procedure known as ridge augmentation. The goal of this procedure is to recreate the natural contour of the gums and the jaw following the removal of the tooth; it may be necessary if the extraction also requires the removal of significant amounts of bone tissue.
Sometimes, the roots of your teeth may extend into the maxillary sinuses, which are located behind your cheeks and just above the upper teeth. If you have those upper teeth removed, it often results in just a thin wall separating the sinuses from the mouth. Placement of implants in this thin wall may be challenging, requiring the use of bone grafting.
The inferior alveolar nerve provides feeling to the lower lip and chin. To make room for lower dental implants, this nerve will often need to be removed. While this is considered to be a more extreme measure, as it may entail at least partial loss of feeling in the lower lip, it is sometimes the only way to proceed with a lower dental implant. We can walk you through different options that may be significantly less risky before recommending a nerve repositioning procedure.
Occasionally, tooth extraction is required because the teeth have been badly damaged by disease. This degradation can extend to the socket, which is the bone holding the tooth in place, resulting in a deformity of the jaw. Socket preservation is a means of preventing or repairing this jaw deformity. We are pleased to provide this procedure to patients in Fairhope, AL.