A bone graft can be performed for several reasons, but the main purpose of the procedure is to increase or strengthen your jawbone so that it can support future dental reconstructions and treatments.
In the first year following tooth loss, your jaw will begin to lose bone density in the affected area, and this process will only continue with time. The teeth and roots in place usually stimulate the jawbone and when the teeth are no longer there, this stimulation is reduced or completely eliminated. Your body then chooses to “recycle” the calcium from your jaw and use it for other purposes.
Regular visits to your dentist for preventive dental care can help reduce these risks. If you know you are going to lose a tooth, visit the Monk Dental center, there are certain procedures that can be performed to prevent or limit future bone changes.
What causes bone loss?
Tooth loss can cause bone deterioration within a short period of time. Bone grafting is designed specifically to replace lost bone. It is a minor surgical procedure where a small incision is made in your gums to access to the bone located underneath where the grafting material is added. Most often, the grafting material is made of processed bone minerals around which the body will actually deposit new bone cells. Growing new and healthy bone then creates the necessary support for your future dental implants.
Teeth can sometimes become loose and at serious risk of being lost when advanced periodontal disease has started weakening the underlying bone. Bone grafting provides increase bone support and helps keep teeth standing where they should.
The habit of depositing bone grafting material into a tooth socket after a tooth has been removed is common nowadays. This empowers patients with the option to replace lost teeth with dental implants later on.
Implants require good bone “foundations” to work properly. For patients that have previously experienced bone loss, a bone graft can help regenerate the bone required for an implant.
Monk Dental Center in Montreal (Ville-Émard) offers general dentistry, family dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, denturology and much more. Our clinic is at the cutting edge of technology and our team is very proud to help the residents of the city of Montreal achieve healthy and radiant smiles! We are always accepting new patients.