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Bone Regeneration for Dental Implants

The jawbone plays an important role in dental health, from providing strong support to the teeth to forming part of the mouth structure - and hence facial appearance. It is thus a cause for concern when your jawbone starts to deteriorate due to bone loss. Fortunately, at Periodontal Associates, we offer several dental solutions, including bone regeneration therapy, which helps to stop bone loss and stimulate the growth of new bone structure. The bone regeneration treatment is especially important when you are considering undergoing dental implant placement.

What Causes Bone Loss?

The loss of bone in the jaw can be due to some reasons. These include:
•  Missing teeth. The jawbone needs constant stimulation to maintain its structure. The stimulation comes from the teeth when you are biting and chewing. Therefore, when you have a missing tooth, your jawbone suffers from insufficient stimulation and thus starts to deteriorate.
•  Advanced gum disease. The jawbone is made up of living cellular tissues, which are prone to bacterial infection. Therefore, the bacterial infection of gum disease can find its way to the jawbone, where it can cause considerable damage.
•  Dental trauma. A traumatic injury to the mouth can knock off the tooth, fracture it, or cause its position on the jaw to shift. All of these can result in an infection, which can easily spread to the jawbone, causing bone loss.
•  Oral infection. An oral infection (viral, bacterial, tumors, and others) can also spread to the jawbone, where it can cause damage and result in bone loss.

The Bone Regeneration Treatment

Bone regeneration is an oral surgery procedure that is performed to stimulate the growth of new bone. It involves placing bone grafting material where the new bone structure will form. The graft then starts to grow, until it completely meshes with the existing jawbone to form one structure.

The bone regeneration procedure is carried out under anesthesia and in a single session. An incision is created on the gum surrounding the area where the loss has occurred to offer access to the jawbone. In case there is an infection, the damaged bone is removed and the area thoroughly cleaned. The graft material is then placed and covered with a biocompatible material. After that, the surgery site is closed by stitching the gums together.

When Is Bone Regeneration Necessary

Bone regeneration is usually performed before a dental implant procedure, when there has been considerable damage to the bone, or when there is not sufficient bone to hold the implants. The procedure can, however, be performed for other reasons such as:
•  Increase the support of the teeth. Bone loss, if left untreated, can reach critical levels that can result in multiple tooth loss. Bone regeneration can thus be performed to increase the support of your teeth.
•  To preserve bone structure and prevent dental problems. Bone regeneration can be used as a preventative treatment, for example, following extraction of the teeth. When used this way, it helps to preserve the jawbone structure by preventing bone loss.
•  To improve facial appearance. Loss of bone in the jaw can lead to an unsightly facial appearance. Regenerating the bone can help to restore proper mouth structure, thus improving the facial appearance.
•  During sinus lift surgery. Sinus lift involves increasing the jawbone structure by lifting the sinus to create more space. A bone grafting material is placed in the created space to allow for the growth of new bone.

Damaged or insufficient jawbone structure can result in you being disqualified for dental implant placement, in addition to causing several dental problems. Periodontal Associates can help to make you ready for implant placement through bone regeneration therapy. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 to book an appointment.
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