Bone grafting is a simple oral surgery procedure that replaces missing bone tissue in the jaw. This procedure is key to the long-term success of dental implants, but oral surgeons perform bone grafting for other reasons as well.
Healthy teeth and gums aren’t all you need for a beautiful smile. If you want your grin to remain in great shape, your jawbone must be strong and stable. If yours isn’t, bone grafting can be an effective solution. It also helps offset the negative effects of having teeth removed.
Protecting Jawbone Density
Strength and stability in the jaw are essential for a beautiful smile. Bone grafting restores density and encourages tissue growth in patients who have bone loss in the jaw. Without this procedure, jawbone atrophy or tissue degeneration is likely to progress.
Preserving Facial Appearance
Left untreated, jawbone atrophy can affect how patients look. With significant tissue degeneration, the face begins to appear sunken and aged. For many patients, bone loss in the jaw adds years to their appearance. After bone grafting, you won’t have to worry about losing facial volume and looking past your prime before it’s time.
Preventing Future Tooth Loss
Facial appearance isn’t the only concern with ongoing jawbone atrophy. Ignore the problem, and you might suffer tooth loss as well. Teeth are anchored in the jaw where they need the bone to be strong for their roots to remain stable. As time goes on, tissue degeneration can cause teeth to loosen and fall out. Bone grafting prevents this.
Providing a Foundation for Dental Implants
Another benefit of bone grafting is that it allows more patients to get dental implants — the gold-standard in tooth replacement. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth and they can last a lifetime with proper care. But implants are only an option for patients with a strong, healthy jawbone, which is what a bone graft provides.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah offers expert, compassionate care to patients in the greater Salt Lake City area and all along the Wasatch Front. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, have specialized training and extensive experience in a full range of oral surgery procedures.
At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we’re committed to giving you a positive oral surgery experience. We perform bone grafts every day, and we have several anesthesia options to keep you relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Rest assured, you’re in good hands when our team is in charge of your treatment!
To learn more about how we handle oral surgery here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah or to schedule a bone grafting consultation, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.