When Are Bone Grafts Necessary?

bone graft oral surgery from the patient's perspective

Bone graft procedures involve placing additional bone tissue in areas where a bone has deteriorated or been removed altogether. In dentistry, bone grafts are typically used to restore parts of the jawbone. The roots of each tooth help stimulate the jawbone when a patient chews, which helps to keep the bone healthy and strong. When one or more teeth are missing, or there is a large gap in a patient’s smile, that section of the bone may atrophy and require a bone graft.

Missing Teeth

Did you know that a patient’s jawbone can lose 25 percent of its width within one year of losing a tooth? It doesn’t take long for a missing tooth to cause bone loss, which is why we recommend scheduling a tooth replacement consultation with our team soon after an adult tooth is lost or extracted. We want to help you avoid needing a bone graft procedure if possible, but we’ll be happy to help you if bone graft surgery is necessary.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is also commonly known as gum disease, but it can greatly affect the teeth and jawbone as well as the gums. When periodontal disease becomes severe, it can reach the jawbone and begin attacking the bone tissue. When it attacks the gums, it can also cause teeth to become loose, and if a tooth is lost, the part of the bone underneath it can begin to deteriorate.

Misaligned Teeth

If a patient has severe malocclusion, meaning their teeth are very crooked and not aligned, it can actually affect their jawbone. Certain teeth may be receiving more force from their bite, while others are doing little to nothing to help the patient chew. What can result from this is worn down teeth and jawbone loss underneath teeth that are not being used to chew. Orthodontic treatment can help straighten your smile and allow all your teeth to be utilized equally.

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Still not sure if you need a bone graft procedure? Our team would be happy to assist. Schedule a consultation with our experienced Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry dental team today.

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