When Dr. Clark Damon is determining your candidacy for dental implants, your jawbone health is one of the most important considerations. Bone recession will compromise the structural integrity of your jaw. In many cases, you may not have a foundation that is strong enough for dental implants. Fortunately, at Texas Denture Clinic, we offer complete implant dentistry, including bone grafting procedures. With this advanced surgery, Dr. Damon can replace lost bone tissue and rebuild your oral foundation. He can use one of several techniques, and he will carefully select the right method for you. To learn more about undergoing a bone graft before dental implants, contact our Fort Worth, TX practice today.
Are You a Candidate for a Bone Graft?
Bone loss is a common consequence of tooth loss. Your dental roots play an important role in your long-term oral health. Not only do they hold your teeth in place; they also generate the production of new jawbone tissue. Thus, a full set of healthy teeth will maintain your natural jawline and facial contours. When you are missing teeth, your jaw will no longer receive the important regenerative signals. Even with only one missing tooth, your jawbone can start to recede quite rapidly. When you have multiple missing teeth, this process is accelerated, and your jaw can dramatically change shape.
To receive implants, you must have enough bone to support the posts. During your consultation, Dr. Damon will take x-rays of your jaw to check for bone recession. If he determines that your jaw is too weak for implants, he will typically recommend a bone graft. Of course, you should have generally good physical and oral health before undergoing any elective surgery.
What Happens during Bone Grafting?
Dr. Damon can take several different approaches to perform your bone graft. He first will use 3-D scans of your jaw to determine the right method and to plan your surgery. No matter what approach he uses, he will typically supply IV sedation before your procedure. You will not be aware of what is going on, and you will remain comfortable the entire time. Most commonly, Dr. Damon will take a sample of bone from your chin or hard palate. Through a small incision in your gums, he will place the sample over the recessed area of bone. Small screws will keep the new tissue anchored to your jaw. Finally, Dr. Damon will place a fine membrane over the surgical site, and he will close up the incision.
In other cases, Dr. Damon can use animal bone, donor bone, or a synthetic substitute material. These methods will not require the initial step of removing tissue from another area of your body. After that, however, the procedures are virtually identical.
What to Expect after Your Bone Graft
Following your surgery, you should expect some moderate swelling and discomfort. Dr. Damon will prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics to reduce the risk of post-surgical side effects. It will typically take six to nine months for the new bone tissue to integrate with your jaw. During this time, you can typically wear a removable restoration. You may also need to adjust your diet to avoid putting too much stress on the treatment area. When your jaw has healed, Dr. Damon will perform additional procedures to place your abutments and dental implants.
In some cases, Dr. Damon may be able to place implants at the same time as your graft. For example, he may be able to do this if you only have minor bone recession and a smaller graft. He will discuss this possibility at your initial consultation.
Schedule a Consultation at Texas Denture Clinic
If you have suffered jaw recession, you may still be able to receive the permanent dental implants you desire. Contact Texas Denture Clinic to find out if you are a candidate for bone grafting.