A healthy, beautiful smile relies on more than just your teeth. Although they are important, their foundation is crucial to their health and appearance. Besides your gum tissue, your jawbone is influential in providing your teeth with the support they need to stay firmly in place. Unfortunately, there are various factors that can impact the density of your jawbone, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss. Although it may not seem like a large concern, it can limit your tooth replacement options, like your candidacy for dental implants. We can rebuild the foundation to a healthy smile with bone grafting in Colorado Springs, CO. We will restore the health and strength of your jawbone to invest in your smile.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that adds density to the size and shape of your alveolar ridge. You can lose bone in the gum ridge after you have lost a tooth, whether from an extraction, trauma, or infection.
After you lose a tooth, your bone deteriorates if it is not replaced with a dental implant because it is no longer stimulated by the root. If you lost the tooth some time ago, your bone will have shrunk a great deal. As a result, your remaining teeth may no longer have the support they need to stay in place. In addition, you may not be able to replace your lost tooth with a dental implant because there is not enough bone to support it. Bone grafting replenishes the lost bone to rebuild a healthy, functional smile.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Colorado Springs, you may require bone grafting before placing your posts. After an initial consultation and reviewing a CT scan of your oral structures, we pinpoint the area of your jaw that needs to be strengthened. While under sedation or anesthesia, your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A small piece of bone that was extracted from another area in your mouth or from a donor is transferred to the treatment site. Your tissue is sutured closed, and the healing process begins.
Although we do whatever we can to preserve your natural teeth, there may come a time when an extraction is in your best interest, such as from severe infection or decay. Your extraction site may need to be rebuilt using freeze-dried human bone granules, which is covered by a thin membrane and sutured closed.
It will take several weeks to recover from your bone grafting procedure before you are able to replace your missing teeth. Depending on the type of dental prosthetic you are choosing, like dentures, you may only need to wait about 6 weeks; however, if you are using dental implants, it may take as long as 6 months.