So you’ve made the decision to move forward with treatment for your missing teeth using dental implants. However, during the consultation, you were told that your jawbone doesn’t have the density needed to properly support implants. Because of this, you will not be able to proceed with the implant treatment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will no longer be able to restore your missing teeth using dental implants. Fortunately, we can use a procedure called bone grafting to restore density to your jawbone, allowing you to move forward with implant treatment.
Please read on to learn more details about bone grafting, what it is, and how Dr. K. Ashraf can use this treatment to restore implant candidacy for his Waterloo, ON area patients.
The reason bone grafting may be required before you can move forward with dental implant treatment is because of a condition called jawbone deterioration. What many people don’t realize about the jawbone is that it is much like a muscle, meaning that it requires constant exercise in order to stay strong and healthy. This exercise typically comes from vibrations caused by food impacting on your teeth. These vibrations then travel down the roots of your teeth and into your jawbone. However, when you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that tooth was connected to is no longer getting the exercise it needs. As a result, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate.
Because dental implants are directly fused to your jawbone, it is very important that you have the jawbone density required to support them. While jawbone deterioration has previously barred patients from pursuing treatment with dental implants, bone grafting has given us a way to reverse this condition.
Bone grafting is a procedure that takes bone samples from another source and grafts them to the deficient areas of the jawbone. As this graft heals, this new bone tissue is accepted by your jawbone and becomes a natural part of your oral structure.
Some patients are denied treatment with dental implants because they do not have the gum density required to support implants. For these patients, a treatment similar to bone grafting called soft tissue augmentation can be used. This treatment uses gum tissue taken from the palate of your mouth and grafts them to the deficient areas of your mouth, restoring your gums to the point where they will be able to support your dental implants.
Here at the practice of Dr. K. Ashraf, we hate to see patients who are unable to pursue treatment with dental implants because their jawbone or gums lack the density required to properly support dental implants. It is for this reason that we are happy to provide both bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation to our many Waterloo, ON area patients. Thanks to these treatments, these patients now have a way to restore their oral structure to the point where they can get the treatment they want and need. If you would like to learn more about bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider Dr. K. Ashraf today.