The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, also known as AAOMS, highly recommends the use of bone grafts in situations where a person’s jawbone is too weak or too frail to successfully hold a dental implant in place. Typically, bone graft procedures will remove a section of bone from one area of the body and place it in another. When a bone graft is grafted onto your jawbone, allow several months for the bone to heal.
Although dental bridges or dentures can be used to replace missing teeth without altering your jawbone, bone grafts may be highly effective alternatives due to the longevity and durability that dental implants provide. However just because you need a dental implant does not mean you need a bone graft. Your dentist will determine if your jaw is strong enough for implants to be placed correctly. Typically, your jaw will be weak if it has sustained tooth loss for years on end or if you are at an advanced age.
Make sure to take good care of your teeth and any replacements you have, so they can potentially last a lifetime. For more information about bone grafting, or to schedule an oral exam with Drs. F. Todd Wortham & Seth Jorgensen and our team at Foothills Dentistry, give us a call at 907-885-2436. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Valdez, Alaska. We look forward to improving your smile for many years to come!