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Top-Rated Bone Grafting in Las Vegas, NV
Different Types of Bone Grafting
Overtime, missing teeth can result in the decay and deterioration of the underlying bone structure, resulting in the need for new bone material to be placed in order to best preserve a patient’s jaw bone strength and overall oral health. Particularly with patients looking for dental implants, the jaw bone needs to possess a certain amount of strength for implants to be properly supported. For implant patients who do not have the jaw bone strength needed for implants, bone grafting will typically be recommended here to allow these patients to undergo an implant operation.
Because of recent advancements in dental technology, we have the ability here at Las Vegas Family Dentists to be able to regrow bone material where and when needed to help patients retain the strength and function of their jawbone and teeth.
Advanced Bone Grafting Cases
The bone grafting process can help to strengthen areas of the jaw that have deteriorated due to tooth loss or long-term tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene and severe gum disease. In these cases, bone material can either be taken from the patient’s body or from a bank of bone material that has been fully sterilized. Along with the jaw, sinus grafts also involve the placement of bone tissue. Methods can also be used to help bone tissue actually rebuild and regenerate on its own!
In more advanced cases of bone grafting, these cases are meant to address large-scale repair to the jaw that arise due to injury or other causes.
Why Jaw Bone Health Matters
The jawbone is the underlying structure that protects the teeth – therefore, it’s easy to see why jawbone health is so vital to strong overall oral health. The jawbone begins to deteriorate with one or more teeth are missing, leading to a missing tooth root that is no longer connected to the jawbone. When this deterioration continues over years, this results in the “saggy” jaw that many patients suffering from tooth and jawbone loss can begin to develop.
Much like how the body is maintained through exercise, your jawbone must be used in order to retain its strength and function. When teeth are missing, the jawbone no longer receives the use it would in that small area where that tooth or teeth are missing. This is why it’s so vital to have missing teeth replaced immediately after they are lost.
Health Concerns Caused By Tooth and Jaw Bone Loss
- Concerns with remaining teeth such as spacing and alignment issues as well as further tooth loss,
- A “saggy” jaw,
- Sagging skin around the mouth,
- Jaw pain or TMJ,
- Problems with speaking,
- Issues with eating and swallowing food,
- and Sinus complications.
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When teeth are removed or are missing, the now missing tooth root can no longer stimulate the jawbone below. This can lead to jawbone deterioration and the eventual loss of bone and other oral health and facial complications.