General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Why Do I Need a Bone Graft

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft

While bone grafts aren’t a common part of most people’s dental treatments, there are some conditions where this treatment is necessary. Bone grafts are typically used where the jaw has experienced extensive decay from advanced gum disease, or where damage from trauma makes it necessary to rebuild it. There are a few different types of bone graft, and we’re going to cover two of them below, as well as why it might be necessary for you to get one done.

Tooth Extraction

One of the reasons why you might have to get a bone graft done is if you’ve experienced loss of bone following a tooth extraction. The jawbone has a tendency to degrade after a tooth has been removed, closing in around the hole left by the tooth. This socket is filled with a piece of living bone to help restore the strength of the jawbone and to prevent it from decaying further. This prevents the risks of a thinning jaw bone in patients who’ve had a tooth extracted.

Prior To Dental Implants

If you’ve had missing teeth for a while then you may be experiencing some loss of bone in your jaw. If you’ve decided that its time to get a set of implants to improve your smile you may find out that you need to have a bone graft. Bone grafts will restore strength and material to your jaw, making it possible to mount the titanium bolts in your jaw that will hold your implant dentures.

Other Reasons You May Lose Bone In Your Jaw

While having missing teeth is one of the most common reasons that you may be experiencing bone loss resulting in the need for a bone graft, it’s not the only one. Bone grafts can be necessary due to a number of factors, a few of which are listed below:

  • Developmental defects caused by genetic history
  • Untreated periodontal disease resulting in bone loss
  • Injuries due to sports accidents falls, or car wrecks.
  • Loss of bone after a tooth is extracted
  • An infected socket or one that the implant root won’t fit in.
  • Having used removable dentures for a long time, which will wear down your jawbone.

These are just a few of the reasons that you may end up needing to have a bone graft done. Your dentist will be able to tell you if it’s necessary for your procedure.

If you’re considering having dental work done that may involve a bone graft, you’ll want to be working with a dentist that has prior experience with this kind of treatment. Dr. Kevin H Speer at Oak Grove Dental has years of experience helping patients like you take advantage of the benefits of a bone graft. Make an appointment at their office in Milwaukie OR today to start your road to a restored jawbone and great dental health with Oak Grove Dental.

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