For those who are considering getting dental implants to help restore good oral health to a particular tooth or area of their mouth, they may need to get a bone grafting treatment first. While not everyone needs to have bone grafting done before they are able to get dental implants, some people do. Continue reading to learn more about why bone grafting may be necessary before a dental implant treatment in Nashville, TN.


The Effects Of Periodontal (Gum) Disease On Bone Loss


Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that holds people’s teeth in place. It's typically caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on a person’s teeth. Plaque begins to form on teeth within 20 minutes after eating or drinking. If not removed, it turns into tartar (calculus), which is harder to remove.


Periodontal disease can be mild (gingivitis) or severe (periodontitis). It can affect a person’s gums, bones, and supporting tissues, and can result in swollen, tender, or painful, inflamed gums.


Periodontitis is the most common form of gum disease. It's a chronic infection that slowly destroys the gums and bone around a persons teeth. If left untreated, it can cause tooth loss. It's also linked to other serious medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.


Why Bone Grafting Is Appropriate In Some Cases


Patients might be a good candidate for bone grafting if they have a weakened or damaged jaw structure or if they have gone for many years without having restorative dental care done. In this case, patients existing jaw might not be resilient enough to bear the stress of dental implants, and they may need to undergo a simple bone grafting procedure that will help prepare their mouth for dental implants in Nashville, TN.


The patient can work with their doctor to decide on a source of the bone graft tissue and undergo a fairly simple surgery that involves placing healthy bone tissue into the gum and jaw area in order to strengthen it prior to implantation.


However, if patients have generally positive oral health, including healthy gums and teeth and a strong jaw structure that is free from pain and inflammation, they are likely to be able to get their dental implants put in without having to get a bone grafting treatment done.


What Is The Bone Grafting Treatment?


Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone that may have been lost due to periodontal (gum) disease, trauma, or any other event with new bone tissue. The new bone may be taken from another part of the patient's body, or it may be artificial. Bone grafting can take place at the time of a surgical procedure, or it can be done separately. This depends on where the bone graft comes from, and what is being repaired.


When bone grafting is done at the time of a surgical procedure, it is called "autogenous" bone grafting. Autogenous bone grafting uses pieces of bone from inside the patient's own body to repair damage in another part of their body. The bone must be taken from a place in the body that will not cause pain later on. The most common places to take bone grafts are from parts of the body where there is plenty of surplus bone, such as the lower jaw or hip.


Getting Bone Grafting And Dental Implants In Nashville, TN


As previously stated, a bone grafting treatment is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are not healing or to build up bones that have been damaged by disease or injury.


In the case of dental implants, a bone grafting treatment may be necessary to provide support for the implant and ensure successful integration of the implant into the jawbone. Bone grafting allows tissue to surround the implant and act as a secured foundation for a long-lasting new smile.


Dental Implants And Bone Growth


Dental implants are a popular solution to replace missing teeth, but they also have the added benefit of stimulating bone growth. This is because the implant provides a new root for the tooth, and the body responds by growing new bone around it. This can help to improve the overall health of the jawbone and prevent further tooth loss.


We Can Place Your Dental Implants In Nashville, TN


Are you considering dental implants and wondering if you will need bone grafting before your procedure? We are here to help professionally and expertly assess your situation and determine the right course of action for you. Get in contact with Dr. James R. Pace, Dr. James R. Pace Jr., and Dr. Josh Zarabi at our Belle Meade Family Dentistry office to schedule an appointment today!  


Dr. James Pace is experienced in a variety of different dental procedures, including dental implants and bone grafting. Come to our modern and caring office to find out more about how we can help.