Most oral health concerns can have several different extenuating consequences on your oral tissues and structures the more they’re allowed to progress. For certain issues, such as periodontal disease, this progression can and the severity of its consequences lead to more complicated problems, like the loss of one or more teeth. In the process of becoming more severe, such conditions can cause serious harm to the tissues and structures that make up the foundation of your smile. This includes your jawbone structure, and when the consequences are severe enough, rebuilding your smile could require fortifying this structure through jawbone grafting.
The process of grafting your jawbone structure
Oral and jawbone surgery aren’t usually recommended unless your oral health concerns are too severe to address through general dental treatments. The severe state of many common oral health issues that lead to tooth loss include the severe erosion or damage to foundational oral structures such as your jawbone. This is why many oral surgery procedures involve surgically fortifying such structures, and in the case of your jawbone structure, this can require grafting biocompatible material and/or donor bone tissue to the weakened area of your dental ridge.
When bone grafting might be a good idea
As the foundation of your smile, your jawbone structure needs to be strong and healthy for several reasons. One of the most important of these reasons is the fact that the bone structure of your dental ridge supports and upholds your teeth roots while also supplying your teeth with vital minerals and nutrients. Bone grafting is designed to build up this structure when its health and integrity are diminished, which can result from a number of factors. These can include the development of periodontal disease, or the loss of one or more teeth roots and the resultant loss of stimulation in your jawbone structure.
Planning your smile’s full restoration
The erosion and weakening of your jawbone structure can occur for a variety of different potential reasons, depending on the specific state of your oral health. For example, many people experience it because of the progression of periodontal disease, which begins with the erosion of the periodontal tissues (gums) that surround the ridge. As it becomes more severe, the disease can cause similar damage to the underlying jawbone structure, and if it isn’t controlled promptly, it could leave one or more of your teeth without adequate support. Replacing your teeth and restoring your smile may involve repairing the damage that the disease has caused, including grafting healthy periodontal tissues and biocompatible bone structure to your gums and jawbone (respectively).
Learn if you should consider jawbone grafting
Depending on the state of your oral health and the consequences certain conditions can have on your jawbone structure, bone grafting may be an important step in restoring your healthy dental ridge. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.