Bone grafting can strengthen the jawbone by replacing lost tissue and stimulating new growth. The procedure is frequently recommended for patients with bone degeneration in the jaw, also known as jawbone atrophy.
But what’s the point of bone grafting? Does this mean that you need oral surgery just to improve your jawbone health?
Bone graft surgery is a routine outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time, so it’s a simple step to take to preserve your oral health.
To Prevent Fractures and Tooth Loss
You might not realize that your jaw has degenerated until your oral surgeon points out the atrophy in your X-rays. The condition may not be causing noticeable oral health problems yet, but it will — possibly sooner rather than later.
A weakened jaw doesn’t provide a solid foundation of support for your teeth. Over time, if jawbone atrophy is left untreated, the risk of tooth loss increases. In addition, degenerated bone is more likely to fracture. Bone graft surgery can protect your smile and help you sidestep these potential problems.
To Maintain a Youthful Facial Appearance
Jawbone atrophy doesn’t just affect your oral health — it also affects your facial appearance.
A strong, healthy jawbone gives your face volume. When the tissues start to degenerate, the jaw shrinks and the face takes on an aged and sunken appearance. Bone grafting can preserve your facial appearance and help you avoid looking older than your years.
To Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery
Do you have missing teeth? If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you might have to get bone graft surgery first.
Jawbone health is crucial for successful dental implant surgery, as the replacement teeth need a strong, supportive foundation. If your jaw has atrophied, your oral surgeon will likely recommend a graft. Without grafting, dental implants may not be an option.
Do you need bone grafting? For expert care in the greater Salt Lake City area, visit the professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our highly trained, board-certified oral surgeons have more than a decade of experience successfully treating northern Utah patients with jawbone atrophy and a wide range of other oral health conditions.
With the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah team, bone graft surgery is a simple, in-office procedure with a smooth and easy recovery. For more information or to see if you need to restore your jawbone health, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.