The Jawbone: The Strength behind Your Smile
The jawbone is the unsung hero of your oral health. It’s a precious commodity that provides the framework and foundation for your smile. It supports the roots of your teeth, and without it, you lose the ability to tolerate dental implants or even dentures.
Thanks to modern technological advancements, inadequate bone volume and density are not enough to stand between you and a stronger smile. Whereas your jawbone may be too thin or too shallow due to a genetic condition, and accident, years of gum disease, or an extracted tooth, it can be surgically restructured and reinforced. Without surgical intervention, the bone cannot regenerate and many patients find themselves limited by the unfortunate constraints of bone loss.
Surgical Intervention: Rebuilding Your Foundation
Bone Grafting – When the height of the bone has dropped down too low, additional bone can be added to restore the vertical dimensions. This is especially useful when a void or a dip occurs in the bone as the result of an anatomic defect or a tooth extraction. For tooth replacement, the bone must be deep enough and dense enough to accommodate the post of a dental implant.
Ridge Expansion – The width of the jawbone is just as important as the height of the bone. By increasing the width of the bone in certain areas, greater coverage can be provided to accommodate the circumference of the tooth roots and it also creates a broader foundation to support the base of a denture.
Sinus Lift – When the root portion of a dental implant is adjacent to (or might extend into) the hollow opening that is the sinus cavity, the floor of the sinus can be carefully repositioned with the placement of additional compact bone to ensure that the implant post is completely covered without actually penetrating the sinus.
Making It All Possible
Good, healthy bone is the key to a successful bone graft. Whenever possible, bone can be harvested from one part of your own jaw and grafted into the selected location. If necessary, high quality bone sources such as Allograft (cadaver bone), Xenograft (bovine bone), or synthetic materials may also be used to augment your own bone and stimulate the growth of new bone.
We invite you to contact our surgical team today to explore your bone grafting options.