Bone loss doesn’t have to be permanent
If you are a patient that has suffered from missing teeth due to gum disease, trauma, or decay, you may have already experienced or may be at risk for bone loss or atrophy. Without the support of the tooth root, the underlying jawbone will begin to deteriorate, causing the unsightly “sunken face” appearance you may have noticed in some patients with tooth loss. The good news is, bone loss doesn’t have to be permanent.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting involves harvesting bone tissue and using it to supplement bone that has been lost. Bone grafting helps maintain facial aesthetics, but is usually used in preparation for the placement of dental implants. There are three different types of bone grafts:
- Autogenous – bone is harvested from the patient (usually the chin, least common)
- Allograft – bone is harvested from a donor
- Xenograft – bone is harvested from a non-human donor (usually bovine)
Ridge preservation and augmentation can help repair your jaw’s natural contour by rebuilding and stabilizing bone and tissue levels. Your facial aesthetic will regain its youthful volume, and your jaw will become healthy and dense enough to support dental implants for improved oral health and appearance.
When teeth in the upper premolar or molar regions are lost, the sinus cavity tends to expand to take up the new space. A sinus lift supplements the bone that has been lost in order to make it healthy enough to support a dental implant.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of bone grafting are numerous, and include:
- Regain facial shape, volume, & contour
- Restore bone & jaw health
- Support dental implants
- Preserve facial aesthetics
- Stabilize dentures
Give us a call!
Don’t let missing teeth ruin your life! If you have any questions about bone grafting, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Dubuque periodontist – Dr. James Fili at Dubuque Periodontics – give us a call today at (563) 538-1003.