If tooth loss goes untreated, the consequences can extend far beyond simply leaving you with a compromised smile and difficulty chewing or speaking clearly. Because the jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing, the lack of healthy teeth can cause the bone in the jaw to recess. This can result in a weakened jaw that can lead to facial sagging, pronounced jowls, and an aged appearance. A healthy jawbone is also a crucial prerequisite for patients seeking to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Fortunately, at our offices in The Woodlands, TX, and Conroe, TX, Dr. Miles Mason can perform specialized bone grafting procedures to restore the strength of your jaw and improve your candidacy for dental implants .
Similar to the rest of the body, your jawbone requires a healthy flow of minerals and nutrients to keep it strong and healthy. The jawbone receives these necessary nutrients through stimulation, which occurs when your tooth’s roots absorb pressure while you bite down or chew your food. Therefore, when you suffer tooth loss, those necessary minerals and nutrients are dispersed elsewhere throughout the body and the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation it needs to maintain optimal health.
The bone grafting procedure utilizes bone harvested from another area of your body or donor tissue to reinforce your jawbone where you have missing teeth.
Prior to the surgery, Dr. Mason can determine which type of bone grafting materials will be used. These materials are commonly harvested bone from other areas of your body, including the hip or tibia bones, the third molar area, or the chin. For the procedure, you will be given local anesthesia and another method of sedation to ensure your comfort throughout surgery. Next, a small incision will be made in your gums where the harvested bone will be inserted. Bone tissue will be packed directly into the area of jaw that requires strengthening and secured in place. The grafted tissues will then begin to fuse with your jawbone while you heal.
A healthy jawbone is a crucial prerequisite for patients seeking to replace missing teeth with dental implants.
The goal of bone grafting is to ensure that you have optimal strength and enough healthy tissue in your jaw to support your dental implants. We may recommend a bone graft if we discover that you have insufficient jawbone tissue to support a dental restoration. If you have considerable bone loss, the process of adding the grafting material and then placing the implants will occur in multiple stages over the course of several months. While having to undergo an additional procedure may incur extra cost and add recovery time to your treatment timeline, you should consider the procedure as a big investment into your oral and overall general health.
If you would like to learn more about the specifics of a bone grafting procedure, or you would like to discuss what you can expect during the procedure, please send us a message or call our office at (281) 363-2009. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with restoring the form and function of your smile.
Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic. Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions. The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience.