A Bone Graft Can Restore Dental Implant Candidacy
Maintaining a strong, healthy jawbone is crucial to your oral health and facial structure. However, after tooth loss, many patients experience jawbone atrophy, which can cause your lips to pucker and your cheeks to appear hallowed. This process can also impact your ability to receive dental implants and restorations. To restore your candidacy, our team at Smile Montreal can place a preliminary bone graft at the site of a missing tooth, which serves to promote healthy bone regrowth. After integrating with your jawbone, a bone graft can provide a solid foundation for implant posts. Our team in Montreal, QC, can evaluate your dental needs to determine if you would benefit from treatment.
From Tooth Loss to Bone Atrophy
Much like other areas of the body, the jawbone relies on a constant flow of nutrients and minerals to keep it strong and healthy. When you have healthy teeth, the jawbone is stimulated with each bite you take, prompting nutrients to flow freely to the area. However, after sustaining tooth loss, there is no longer any source of simulation and nutrients are dispersed to other areas of the body. As a result, the jawbone begins to shrink and recede, which can result in additional tooth loss.
What to Expect
A bone grafting procedure involves transplanting bone from one area of the body to the tooth socket. Depending upon your needs, we can harvest bone from your chin, hip, or tibia, or we can use synthetic or bovine material.
To ensure your comfort during your procedure, we can administer a local anesthetic, as well as sedation. Once the area is completely numb, we can make a small incision along the gum line, exposing the area where bone has begun to shrink. We can then implant the bone grafting material and secure it in place with small screws, before closing the incision with sutures.
After integrating with your jawbone, a bone graft can provide a solid foundation for implant posts.
Recovery typically takes six to nine months, during which the harvested bone will integrate with your natural tissue. Your gums must fully heal before you can undergo dental implant surgery. To help you achieve a smooth recovery, our team can review post-surgical at-home care instructions as well as monitor your progress.
Benefits of Treatment
Tooth loss can affect not only the appearance of your smile, but also your ability to eat comfortably and speak clearly. Dental implants and implant-supported restorations are considered the best solution for missing teeth, restoring full dental form and function as well as promoting jawbone health. Implant posts mimic the tooth roots and stimulate the jawbone when you chew, ensuring your jawbone receives essential nutrients. A bone grafting procedure can renew your candidacy for this life-changing treatment, so you can experience a better quality of life.
Learn More Today
If you would like to learn more about how a bone grafting procedure can help you achieve better oral health, please contact us today, or give us a call at (514) 937-6558. Our team is committed to providing excellent care and the highest standard of service.
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