Fractures, breaks, and bone degradation are serious problems for many Baltimore residents. These issues can lead to serious medical conditions in the future, and degradation around the jawline can lead to problems both growing and maintaining good dental and gum health. Bone grafting is a method by which oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help repair bone loss. When bone degrades away, the only way to promote healing is to add bone back, and that is what bone grafting is for. Bone grafting is necessary to achieve optimal functional and aesthetic results with dental implant treatment. The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants provides these bone grafting services for patients in the Baltimore area suffering from bone loss.
Foundation for Dental Implant Placement
There are many reasons why bone loss occurs.
- Progressive Disease
- Trauma to the Mouth
Each of these can lead to loss of soft tissue and bone around the mouth. The overabundance of discomfort encourages the gum line to recede, and the bone gets damaged. If these conditions continue or if they are not addressed early, the bone will degrade. Once that happens, there is no way to repair that bone without some form of clinical treatment.
In addition, when teeth are removed and not replaced with dental implants, the original bone and gum that held that tooth in place will wear away. This process will, unfortunately, preclude the placement of dental implants in the future. Insufficient bone blocks the ability to place a dental implant as there is now no longer any bone to support the implant. In this case, bone grafting is used to restore the necessary foundation for a dental implant to be placed. This bone augmentation procedure can usually be accomplished at the same time as implant placement so that no additional surgical procedures are necessary.
Improvement of Anterior Aesthetics
Thin bone, such as the bone behind the upper front teeth, deteriorates much faster than thicker bone. When multiple anterior teeth are missing, the bone deterioration eventually leads to collapse of the lip, which affects the facial profile.
For patients who have lost bone, it is possible to increase or replace the bone with bone grafting techniques, and thus successfully place implants. In addition, the defects in the bone can be corrected to create favorable facial contours and tissue support in order to achieve optimal aesthetic results.
Preservation of Bone Following Surgical Tooth Removal
The board certified doctors at Maryland Center for Oral Surgery, and Dental Implants are able to surgically remove teeth using a special technique to minimize discomfort and promote rapid healing. More importantly, however, this method preserves the bone around the tooth site, making implant placement easier.
This eliminates the need that sometimes arises for bone grafting to be performed on the exposed socket due to initial bone loss during the removal procedure.
To reach the Baltimore office of Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental implants, call (410) 628-1839 today to schedule a consultation and ask about the needs for dental implants or other oral procedures.