If you’re only missing a single tooth or a handful of teeth, it may not seem like it’s going to affect your life in the short-term. However, many people don’t realize that once their teeth are gone, the mouth and surrounding oral structures start to respond almost immediately. It’s the same reason why dentists often recommend dental implants shortly following a tooth extraction. Without treatment, your jaw bone will begin to diminish.
To learn why you should prevent bone loss and how a holistic dentist can offer a more natural approach to bone grafting, keep reading!
How Does Bone Loss Affect Your Life?
The jaw bone is responsible for all the complex chewing movements you need to effectively digest food. But when teeth are lost, you’re not just losing your ability to rip, tear and grind food as effectively. The moment a tooth is lost is the same moment that the alveolar bone inside that open socket begins to deteriorate. After enough time, this bone tissue will resorb back inside the body to areas where it’s more needed.
So, how does this affect your daily life? Jaw bone loss causes:
- A weaker biting force
- Premature facial tissue sagging
- Hollowing of the cheeks
- Looking older than you actually are
What is a Bone Graft?
The good news is there are treatments that do exist to solve the restorative and cosmetic consequences of bone loss. Bone grafting works to take donated bone from another area and integrate it into an area where it’s needed. Doing this works to prevent resorption and prepare it for restorative treatments like dental implants in the future.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin?
Platelet-rich fibrin or PRF is a clotting material that is made naturally from your own blood. PRF is used to improve the body’s healing ability, making it ideal for those trying to regrow bone or soft tissue. This organic material contains platelets, which are cell fragments found naturally in blood. When utilized by a professional, they can speed the rate of healing and growth of natural tissue, including alveolar bone and gum tissue.
How Can It Help a Bone Graft?
Following a tooth extraction, dentists can use PRF to protect the bone inside the socket from developing infection. It’s also typically used in tandem with dental implant treatment to improve the success rate of implantation, which is already high on its own. On average, dental implants take anywhere between four to six months to integrate with bone tissue, but PRF grafts offer a faster path to replacing missing teeth while also being more holistic in nature. This makes it a win-win solution for those trying to replace teeth in the most natural way possible.
Does a holistic bone graft sound like the right path to you? Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today to learn more about the treatment and your eligibility.
About the Author
Dr. William Langston earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. During his dental education, he studied under Dr. Bill Wolfe, a dentist and naturopath that greatly influenced the way he practices holistic dentistry today. He works with many other dentists in the area to ensure patients are receiving truly biocompatible dentistry. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.