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4 Signs You Need a Bone Graft
A dentist determines whether you need a bone graft when they diagnose you. They will use visual exams and medical imaging to get a complete picture of what is going on beneath the gum line.
Dentists might recommend bone graft procedures right after tooth extraction. This type of bone graft is a preventative measure that prevents the bone loss that results from missing teeth. More often, dentists perform bone graft procedures in preparation for dental implants. In such cases, the bone graft increases the bone mass and bone density of the jaw. Here is how you can find out whether you need a bone graft.
Bone grafts and the health of the jaw
By definition, grafting is the addition of donor material onto existing tissue. It could be skin, bone, or even plant material; the role of the graft is to stimulate the growth or regeneration of recipient tissue.
Bone is constantly losing minerals and rebuilding itself. Like muscle tissues, bone tissues improve their mass and density with a healthy amount of exercise. The same goes for the jawbone. It sheds calcium into the bloodstream in a process known as resorption. Chewing and biting cause tooth roots to flex, which stimulates the jawbone to replace lost minerals in a process known as adsorption.
The loss of one or more teeth means there are not enough tooth roots to stimulate the regeneration of the jawbone. Over time, the bone tissues around the sockets of any missing teeth will lose mass and density. There are other reasons that the jawbone can lose bone mass.
How to know if you need bone grafts
Some people can qualify for dental implant surgery without the need for a bone graft. Conversely, a bone graft becomes necessary for patients who have the following conditions.
1. Have missing teeth
Missing teeth mean missing tooth roots. These deny the jawbone of the "workout" that it needs to replace lost minerals. A person with missing teeth who goes for an extended period without dental implants is likely to need a bone graft.
2. Have a history of gum disease
Another way to lose bone tissue is through infection. Severe periodontal disease is an infection that can spread past the gums and into the jawbone. Often, infection of the jawbone has the knock-on effect of loose or missing teeth.
Periodontists will perform bone grafts after the infection has been eliminated. The bone grafts are usually done in preparation for dental implant surgery after tooth loss.
3. Are recovering from an injury to the jaw
A hard blow to the mouth or face can break the jawbone. An oral surgeon may choose to use bone grafts to restore the shape and mass of damaged bone tissues.
4. Have a medical condition that affects the bones
A systemic health problem that affects the bones may affect the jaw as well. The symptoms of the condition may manifest as loose teeth.
Routine dental checks are useful because they enable dentists to monitor the health and formation of a patient’s jaw. A dentist will recommend a bone graft if this course of treatment promises to be helpful.
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