Do you believe your jawbone is strong enough to support a dental implant should one be required? If you have any missing teeth, it is very important to make sure they are replaced as soon as possible. Because of the fact that dental implants are permanent prosthetics that are directly attached to your jawbone, it is important to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to hold the implant in place. If it is not, a bone grafting treatment can be used to help strengthen your jawbone.
Bone grafting is most popular with dental implant procedures because bridges, dentures or other forms of tooth prosthetics do not require attachment to your jawbone. If your jawbone is too weak to hold an implant, bone grafts will be required. Bone grafts take a section of bone from one area of your body and grafting it onto your jawbone. In modern dentistry, it is possible to use a special bone grafting material to also function as a graft.
It can often take up to several months for any other procedures to be done after a bone graft is placed, as it will need to strengthen with the bone. Once it is strong enough, an implant can often be used. Bone grafting treatments can even be used in a few periodontal dentistry procedures. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), a bone graft should be used if your jawbone is too soft, too frail or too thin.
If you would like to set up a bone grafting session at Periodontics of the Desert, you are welcome to call our dentist office in Palm Desert, California, at our number 760-674-4410. Drs. Warshawsky and Driver and look forward to enhancing your smile.