BONE GRAFTING FOR IMPLANTS AND NATURAL TEETH
If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, your oral health can suffer in many ways beyond mere aesthetics. Gaps in your smile are also gaps in your bite. When the bone structure in your mouth is no longer stimulated in the same way because of missing teeth, ill-fitting dentures, trauma, or periodontal disease, the result is the loss of bone density. In just six months after a tooth is lost or extracted, most of the supporting bone is reabsorbed, leading to changes in form and function. In addition, insufficient bone density in your supporting structures will not allow for the installation of dental implants, as a minimum amount of bone must be present for prostheses to be supported.
Dr. Wilson has a potential solution to this problem in the form of bone grafting ― the replacement or augmentation of the bone around the teeth. A bone grafting procedure can correct this problem, readying your smile for corrective prostheses, such as dental implants, or can provide a better support structure for traditional dentures, bridges, or crowns. Talk to Dr. Wilson about whether or not bone grafting can help restore your smile.