Bone grafting involves augmenting the jawbone to make it denser and stronger, and it’s a procedure that your oral surgeon will perform for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been recommended to have it done, here are a few reasons why you’re a candidate.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
1. Create Support
If you’ve lost a tooth, a dental implant is a permanent solution to replacing it, and it prevents tooth shifting and difficulty chewing. Since the implant’s post is mounted to the bone, a graft will be recommended if your jawbone is weak or doesn’t have enough tissue to support it.
You may also need a graft if you want dentures but have lost a lot of bone tissue in your jaw. Without adequate bone, the dentures won’t sit properly in your mouth and won’t be supported.
2. Prevent Deterioration
Whether it was extracted or knocked out, losing a tooth can cause the bone underneath it to weaken. The tissue can start to deteriorate without a tooth present, affecting the health of other teeth. A graft builds bone tissue to reinforce the bone. If done before bone loss starts, a graft can prevent the bone from beginning to deteriorate.
3. Build Bone Tissue
In the late stages, gum disease can slowly erode the bone tissue in your jaw. Loss of tissue can weaken teeth, make the bone more susceptible to breaks, and cause tooth loss because the sockets aren’t supported. A graft will build your bone tissue back up to secure the other teeth, reversing the damage caused by gum disease.
If you need reliable bone grafting from an experienced oral surgeon, contact Lyle C. Yanagihara DDS, MS, in Honolulu, HI. From implants to gum disease, Dr. Yanagihara and his team perform a quality graft to improve your oral health and jaw strength. Their state-of-the-art facility also offers wisdom tooth extractions, cleft palate repairs, and an innovative implant procedure that can be completed in an hour. Learn about their grafting process online, or call (808) 973-1433 to schedule an appointment.