March 17, 2017
Whenever possible we recommend getting dental implants as part of teeth replacements. Dental implants don’t just make your crowns, bridges, and dentures more secure.
Implants also help prevent bone loss in your jaw. That’s important, too.
But, what if you don’t have enough bone tissue left to support dental implants? In that case, Dr. Hugh B. Rosenblatt may recommend a bone graft.
Or you can keep reading to learn more about what this procedure is and why we may suggest it.
Losing Teeth Leads To Losing Bone Tissue
The roots of your teeth and your jawbone help one another, or they did when you still had all your teeth.
Your jawbone holds your roots securely in place. This helps you generate the power behind your bite, and that power also makes it easier to chew your food.
Your roots are more secure when your jaw is healthy and strong. You don’t notice it, but your jawbone is constantly resorbing old bone tissue and replacing it with new tissue.
That new tissue is what keeps your jaw healthy and strong. Your roots play a vital role in that process. With each bite and each chew, your roots press into your jaw.
This pressure is what sends the signal to keep making new tissue. If you lose a single tooth, your jaw will stop making new tissue in that part of your mouth.
In time, this can affect neighboring teeth, causing them to fall out. And that just leads to more bone loss and more tooth loss, and on and on.
When you’ve several or all your teeth, your shrinking jaw can affect the appearance of your face as well. This is why people who are missing teeth sometimes look as if their face is sinking in on itself.
Dental Implants And Your Jaw Health
The sooner you replace your missing teeth, the better off you will be.
We encourage our patients to include dental implants as part of their restorative dentistry because implants replace the roots of your missing teeth.
When implants are embedded in your jaw, they take over where your roots left off regarding your jaw. With dental implants, you provide a direct connection between your crowns, bridges, or dentures and your jawbone.
The means, once again, that your bites and chew put pressure on your jawbone, which keeps it making new bone tissue.
And that helps to keep your replacement teeth more secure and stable.
Bone Grafts Rebuild Your Jaw
If you wait too long to replace your missing teeth, you may not be able to support dental implants.
While implants can prevent further bone loss, you still need a certain amount of bone to hold your implants in place. If you don’t have enough bone, Dr. Rosenblatt can help with a bone graft.
A bone graft is a type of oral surgery. It is essentially a type of bone tissue transplant. The transplanted tissue is placed in your mouth where it is needed in your jaw.
Now, you will need some time to heal from this procedure before you can get your dental implants. While you heal, your existing bone will merge with the transplanted tissue to create a stronger jaw.
When you are ready, you will return to our dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL, where Dr. Rosenblatt will place your dental implants. After you heal from that process, we will be able to attach your crown, bridge, or dentures.
Other Kinds Of Oral Surgery
Keep in mind that bone grafts are not necessary in all cases. By taking action as soon as possible after your teeth are lost or removed, you are less likely to need a bone graft.
We also want you to know that Dr. Rosenblatt can help you or someone you love with other kinds of oral surgery:
▪︎ Gum grafts are a way to restore gums that have receded due to gum disease or other oral health issues.
▪︎ A ridge augmentation can be done to repair misshapen upper or lower jaws.
▪︎ Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary as well to prevent an infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth. (We do want to point out that wisdom
teeth extractions are referred to a specialist.)
Could A Bone Graft Help You?
To find out, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenblatt by calling 561-877-3802 or by filling out our online form.