Jawbone Grafting: To Choose It … Or Not To Choose It?

Let’s say you come in for an implant consultation with our friendly team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. You have missing teeth and you are interested in dental implants! As we get to know you, one of the things we explain is that while you will be able to qualify in the future for implants, you will first need jawbone grafting in order to become a candidate! You wonder: Should you do it? Should you decide against it? Why go one way or another? For some immediate guidance, our Rohnert Park, CA team poses helpful answers to frequently asked questions!

Why Do I Have To Get Grafting?

You don’t have to get jawbone grafting. However, if your jawbone is damaged and is not in a state that will allow it to successfully support the dental implants and restorations you have in mind, then grafting becomes a requirement for candidacy. Your jaw tissue damage may be the natural result of tooth loss, periodontal disease, or some other factor (which we will thoroughly discuss with you during a visit!).

What If I Don’t Get It?

If you decide you do not wish to follow through with jawbone grafting, then you will likely not qualify for traditional dental implants. However, you may qualify for other solutions that better suit your jawbone’s level of health, such as traditional prosthetics. We will explain the pros and cons of potential treatments during a consultation.

Won’t My Jaw Just Deteriorate Again?

This is one of the very exciting benefits of receiving jawbone grafting and then receiving dental implants. Once your jaw is restored and implants are placed, your body recognizes the implants as replacement roots. So, deterioration stops!

What If I Want To Wait A While?

We remind you that once a person has missing teeth, jaw tissue tends to continue to deteriorate. This is a progressive problem because your body is essentially resorbing tissue that it “thinks” your smile doesn’t need anymore. There’s no tooth present in need of a jawbone, so the tissue must no longer be required! Right? Well, that’s not right but your body doesn’t know you have plans for dental implants or that you’d really prefer to retain your jaw! So, the longer you wait, the greater the chance that additional damage takes place, which can thereby impact candidacy for implants. Learn more by simply coming in for a visit!

Receive Grafting Soon For Implant Candidacy

Remember to talk with us about the ins and outs of jawbone grafting, so you feel confident about what it will take to qualify for dental implants! Set up a consultation when you are ready for additional grafting education. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.