When an adult loses a tooth or teeth as a result of injury, disease, or extraction, immediate precautions must be taken in order to avoid bone loss in the jaw.
Fortunately, a skilled dentist in Arlington, VA can perform dental bone grafting to prevent or repair bone loss and preserve oral function and appearance.
What Causes Bone Loss?
The force that teeth exert when chewing encourages bone growth in the jaw. Therefore, individuals with missing teeth have a reduced ability to stimulate bone growth.
As a result, these patients can begin to experience bone loss that may lead to decreased gum tissue, limited choices for tooth replacement, and an altered facial appearance.
What Is Dental Bone Grafting?
Dental bone grafting uses donor tissue from the patient or another person or an animal or synthetic substance to create a platform over the area of bone loss.
This graft may be covered with a collagen membrane or synthetic material, and it helps bone regenerate and grow onto the graft.
Ultimately, the new bone growth replaces the graft, and the patient can consider dental implants as an option for teeth replacement.
Process for Dental Bone Grafting
This procedure is best performed immediately after a tooth extraction to avoid bone loss and allow for the placement of a dental implant.
The type of bone grafting that the dentists at Gentle Care may perform often depends on the location and degree of bone loss as well as the amount of time that has elapsed since the tooth was removed.
Does Dental Bone Grafting Hurt?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort and can manage pain with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
Antibiotics may also be prescribed to limit the risk of infection.
Bone Grafting and Dental Implants for Smile Restoration
After losing a tooth, dental implants provide an excellent and natural-looking option for replacement. However, these implants are placed on a titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone.
Therefore, a certain amount of bone must be present in order for the implant to be a viable form of treatment.
When a dental implant can be used to compensate for a missing tooth, most patients are extremely satisfied with its ability to restore their smile and appearance.
To learn more about dental bone grafting and dental implants, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.