How Jawbone Loss Impacts You
One of the most important factors that determine if you are qualified for dental implants is the amount of bone volume in your jaw. Having a sufficient amount of bone is important because it holds the implant post in place, allowing for security in the jaw and an improved bite. Dr. Patrick Nicosia can restore lost bone through bone grafting procedures if you have lost bone from tooth loss or disease. This can help you qualify for dental implant placement. We feature state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to make bone grafting treatments comfortable for you and by choosing a periodontist, you will be treated by a specialist in the hard tissues (bone) of the mouth.
Common Reasons for Jawbone Loss
In an ideal situation, your natural teeth constantly stimulate your jaw bone during everyday use. This stimulation encourages the bone to continually grow and support the teeth. However, without the tooth root stimulation, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and recede from its natural level. There are several common reasons patients may experience jaw bone loss, including:
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Missing teeth not stimulating the bone
- Trauma to the mouth
- Untreated periodontal (gum) disease
Bone Graft Procedure
Bone grafting involves placing a bone material at the treatment site, which, when healed, will fuse to your existing bone, creating a solid, even foundation. We offer ridge augmentation, socket preservation, and sinus lifts, depending on your unique situation. When your jawline is uneven due to bone loss, ridge augmentation allows Dr. Nicosia to rebuild areas where bone loss has occurred. Socket preservation is commonly used after a tooth is extracted in order to fill the empty space with bone material so that implants can be placed later on. For those missing teeth in the upper molar area, a sinus lift will be needed to access the sinus cavity and gently raise the membrane to create space for additional bone material and dental implants.
Advanced Technology and Techniques
Dr. Nicosia believes in staying up to date with the latest dental technologies and trends when performing bone graft treatments. We often utilize guided tissue regeneration when performing bone grafts, which covers the graft material with a biocompatible membrane to protect it and improve the healing timeframe. When performing a sinus lift, extra care is needed not to damage the sensitive sinus membrane when adding bone. Dr. Nicosia implements PIEZOSURGERY®, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to gently cut through bone without harming any other tissues, improving the success and comfort of bone graft treatment. After receiving treatment, patients will be able to qualify for dental implants and enjoy a restored quality of life with permanent, natural-looking teeth.