Many people make the mistake of thinking that their oral health only concerns their teeth and gums, but the truth is that the jaw bone also plays a major role in the overall health of the mouth. If your jaw bone has suffered damage, degeneration, or other trauma, you may need to use bone grafting to restore sufficient strength to the affected areas. With a stronger jaw bone, you can receive dental treatments like implants that can restore a full, attractive smile.
How Does Bone Grafting Work?
Bone grafting is a relatively common procedure meant to enhance jaw bone strength. It involves taking a section of bone from another area of your body or using a special bone grafting material to strengthen and reinforce your jaw bone. After a few months, the graft creates enough new bone to help dental implants sit securely in your mouth.
Do You Need Bone Grafting?
Beyond helping you talk and chew, your teeth also stimulate your jaw bone every time they touch. This stimulation encourages bone regeneration, which means that losing teeth over time leads to a thin and brittle jaw bone as well. Implants cannot be successfully placed into bone that isn’t strong and durable. Only bone grafting can reverse the problem and make dental implants feasible. [Read more…]