in Sarasota, FL
Similarly to how exercise maintains muscles, bone tissue is preserved through use. Natural teeth, embedded in the jawbone, stimulate it during activities such as chewing and biting. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone - the part of the jawbone anchoring the teeth in the mouth - no longer receives the necessary stimulation and starts to deteriorate, or resorb. As the body no longer utilizes or "needs" the jawbone, it begins to break down. In such cases, a dental bone graft can help enhance volume and density in the affected area.
There are several reasons why a bone graft might be required, including:
Dental implants: If a patient has one or more missing teeth, a bone graft may be needed to supply sufficient bone density to support a dental implant.
Tooth extraction: When a tooth is removed, the lack of root stimulation may cause the jawbone in that area to start deteriorating. If not replaced, surrounding teeth may shift into the vacant space. A bone graft can help prevent bone loss and maintain the integrity of the jaw.
Trauma or injury: Injuries to the jaw or face can result in bone loss, which may necessitate a bone graft to reconstruct the bone structure.
Periodontal disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to bone loss in the jaw. A bone graft might be required to help restore the bone structure and prevent further damage.
Congenital defects: Some individuals may have an underdeveloped or misshapen jaw structure from birth. In such situations, a bone graft can aid in rebuilding the jaw and enhancing its appearance and function.
A jawbone graft can help restore bone structure and density, allowing a patient to maintain a healthy and functional mouth. We use the most dependable, cutting-edge tools to ensure each graft is performed smoothly. Contact us in Sarasota, FL, today to learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Tindal.
benefits of bone grafting
Dental bone grafts, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentations are procedures designed to reconstruct the jaw's bone structure, offering numerous advantages such as:
Enhanced dental health: Rebuilding the jaw's bone structure through these procedures can help avert further tooth loss and increase the likelihood of successful dental implants.
Improved facial aesthetics: Bone loss in the jaw can result in a sunken or drooping appearance of the cheeks or lips. Dental bone grafts, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentations can aid in reestablishing the face's natural contours, enhancing the patient's overall appearance.
Boosted self-confidence: The presence of missing teeth or bone loss can impact the smile's appearance, causing self-consciousness and diminished confidence. Reconstructing the jaw's bone structure can contribute to heightened self-esteem and improved quality of life.
Restored functionality: Jaw bone loss can hinder proper chewing and speaking. Dental bone grafts, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentations can help regain jaw function and make eating and speaking more comfortable for the patient.
Long-lasting outcomes: These dental procedures can yield enduring results, enhancing the patient's dental health and overall well-being for the long term.
The optimal solution is to undergo a bone graft at Tindal Prosthodontics with Dr. Ben Tindal in Sarasota, FL, to bolster dental health and functionality while also improving appearance and self-assurance!
Remember, if there is no implant or tooth to create root stimulation, the bone may slowly recede and the shape of the face can appear "sunken" over time. You may also experience pain, problems with your remaining teeth, and eventually even the inability to speak and eat normally. This is why it is imperative to seek tooth replacement options even if ridge augmentation or bone grafting is needed.
types of bone grafting:
The type of bone grafting you need largely depends on the shape of your jaw and your overall goals for treatment. When designing your custom treatment plan, we use 3D scans to view the structure of your jawbone. Prior to any surgical procedure, we will discuss your options for anesthesia or sedation. Some of the most common bone grafting procedures include:
Socket Preservation. Sometimes called ridge preservation, this type of graft is placed in the socket immediately after a tooth extraction. It fills the void left behind by the missing tooth and prevents the sides of the socket from caving in.
Ridge Augmentation. If your teeth have been missing for a while, the supporting jawbone may be thinner than it was before. Ridge augmentation increases the width and volume of the jawbone so it can provide a stable foundation for implants or other restorative options.
Sinus Lift. The maxillary sinuses sit just above your upper back teeth. If the upper back teeth are missing, the sinuses can drop down and invade the space once occupied by the teeth roots. In this scenario, you wouldn’t want to place implants because they would penetrate the sinus membrane. To address this problem, Dr. Woodling at Nocatee Oral Surgery can perform a sinus lift. where we place a bone graft between the sinus and the molars, creating a solid foundation for a dental implant.
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material used for bone grafts
There are various kinds of dental bone grafting, including:
Autograft: This type of bone graft material is obtained from another part of the patient's body, usually the chin, hip, or tibia. Autografts are considered the best choice in bone grafting due to their high success rate, as they fuse well with the patient's existing bone.
Allograft: This bone graft material comes from a human tissue bank. The donor bone undergoes thorough processing, cleaning, and sterilization before being utilized. Allografts are frequently employed in dental bone grafting procedures and are suitable for patients who cannot or prefer not to use their own bone.
Xenograft: This bone graft material is derived from an animal, typically a cow or pig. The animal bone is meticulously processed to eliminate all organic materials, leaving only the bone's mineral structure. Xenografts are considered safe and effective and are widely used in dental bone grafting procedures.
Alloplast: This synthetic bone graft material is composed of biocompatible materials such as calcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, and hydroxyapatite. Alloplasts offer an efficient alternative to natural bone grafts and can be used in patients who cannot use their own bone or prefer not to use a donor's bone.
The choice of bone graft will depend on the patient's specific requirements and the prosthodontist's preferences.