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Jawbone loss & bone grafting

Bone grafting is where bone is built up or added to your jawbone when you don’t have enough to support the procedure you are looking to have performed. Bone grafting for dental work is often used for dental implants and implant supported dentures. In order for dental implants to be successful, the patient must have enough bone in their jawbone to support the implants. Our local Farmington NY dentist and periodontist will evaluate your jawbone and let you know if a bone graft is necessary prior to your implants.

The PRF Difference

Here at Farmington Family and Implant Dentistry, we use a cutting edge treatment called Platelet Rich Fibrin or PRF when performing oral surgery and bone grafts. PRF is obtained by drawing blood from the patient chair-side, similar to any type of bloodwork, and then utilizing a device to spin and separate out a layer of high concentration platelets, this is PRF. This thin layer creates an ideal matrix for bone grafting material that can then be integrated directly into the jawbone.

What does this mean for patients? PRF has increased healing rates and faster recovery times. By expediting the healing process, patients can move forward with treatment quicker and ensure a more successful bone graft.

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Common causes for jawbone loss

Tooth loss & missing teeth - When a patient is missing one or more teeth, they generally start to experience bone deterioration over time. When there are no teeth there to support and stimulate the jaw bone, it begins to break down over time. The body 'no longer needs' the jawbone in these instances. The rates at which the bone deteriorates can vary from patient to patient but generally starts within the first 18 months of tooth loss. This makes procedures such as dental implants vital to securing bone density.

Periodontal disease - Periodontal (gum) disease can also be a major contributor to bone deterioration. This disease can also coincide with tooth loss, as the bone starts to lose density.

Wearing removable dentures long term - Traditional long-term dentures can also lead to bone density loss, as the body loses the "need" for the jawbone without tooth support. The jaw becomes less stimulated and can start to break down over time.

Injury/face trauma -  Common sources of trauma to the jaw that can lead to bone loss are: knocked out teeth, auto injury accidents, broken jaw/fractures and a history of trauma that leads to tooth loss.

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