Posts for tag: Bone Grafting

By Dr. Hughes
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Discover the top reasons you might need bone grafting.

If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth then you may also be dealing with jaw damage. This is actually quite common. If this is the case, our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes may recommend repairing the bone damage through a procedure known as grafting, which helps to rebuild the jawbone. Learn more about bone grafting and why it’s needed.

You Want a Dental Implant

If you are missing one or more permanent teeth then you may already be talking with our dental team about implants. Of course, you first need a healthy jawbone to support the implant. Therefore, our Herrin, IL, family dentist may recommend bone grafting before getting your implant. This procedure will help to rebuild areas of lost bone to ensure that there is enough healthy jawbone to support the success and longevity of your implant. This is one of the most common reasons people undergo bone grafting.

You Have Advanced Gum Disease

Many Americans are living with some degree of gum disease but don’t even know it. Unfortunately, many people don’t visit their dentist regularly so that the problem can be detected early on. Therefore, most people don’t even realize there is an issue with their gums until the gums are inflamed and painful, or teeth become loose or fall out. Advanced periodontitis also can damage the jawbone. Fortunately, by performing bone grafting, we can help to restore the jawbone and reverse the damage.

You Waited to Seek Treatment

Bone loss occurs rather quickly after losing a missing tooth. Around 25 percent of the jawbone is reabsorbed by the body within the first year of tooth loss. Therefore, if you’ve waited a few years to turn to our dental team to replace a missing tooth you may require bone grafting first. If you’re reading this and you just had a tooth extracted, it’s best to talk with our dental team right away about the next steps for replacing your missing tooth so that you can prevent the need for bone grafting altogether.

If you are interested in getting dental implants you may benefit from bone grafting. To schedule a consultation with our Herrin, IL, family dentist Dr. Hughes and the team at Hughes Dental Arts Centre, call us at (618) 205-9739.

By Dr. Hughes
December 02, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

When you think of restorative dentistry, do fillings and crowns come to mind? Of course, you're right, but did you know that bone grafting is part of the tooth replacement process? At Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, bone grafting is a simple and very effective treatment. Dr. Christopher Hughes is the dentist who has all the details.

What is bone grafting?

Dental bone grafts are small pieces of human or animal bone inserted into an empty tooth socket or other damaged areas of the jaw bone. These allografts, as dentists call them, quickly begin to adhere to the jaw, forming a scaffold for tooth replacement with dental implants.

Why would someone need bone grafting?

At Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, Dr. Hughes recommends dental implants for his Herrin area patients who have lost teeth through accident, gum disease, abscess, or dental decay. Usually, the bone surrounding the empty socket starts deteriorating quickly after extraction.

Also, gum disease damages the jaw bone as do other medical problems such as post-menopausal osteoporosis, osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection, and Paget's disease in which bone loses its ability to build new cells. Some individuals are born with malformations of the jaw which dental bone grafts may improve.

Further, some prescription medications lead to bone loss in the jaw and other areas of the body. Crooked teeth, jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ), and even wearing conventional dentures for years place undue stresses on the jaw, wearing the bone out. In these situations, bone grafts add a large measure of durability, width, and height to the alveolar ridge.

Graft as soon as possible

While your dentist may be able to place a bone graft successfully (and have it take) long after dental extraction, placement immediately after extraction proves best, says Dental Economics. Called socket preservation, this grafting surgery is simple, comfortable, and accomplishes three things:

  • Preservation of the size, shape, and strength of the empty socket
  • Improvement of the quality of the blood clot, thus promoting good healing
  • Improvement of the circulation and bone-forming capabilities of surrounding bone cells.

Call Hughes Dental Arts Centre

Dr. Christopher Hughes performs bone grafting procedures right in our Herrin, IL, office. To learn more about this easy and effective treatment, call us for a consultation: (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Find out if bone grafting surgery is necessary for improving your jawbone health.bone grafting

When people think about oral health problems they don’t often consider how it affects the health of their jawbone; however, your jawbone is also an integral part of your oral health. Everything from trauma to gum disease to tooth loss can cause the jawbone to lose strength, density or its original shape. Our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes is here to tell you why bone grafting could potentially benefit you.

  • Are you someone who is dealing with tooth loss?
  • Do you have advanced gum disease that has damaged your jawbone?
  • Did you wait years to seek treatment for your tooth loss?
  • Are you dealing with significant bone loss?
  • Are you dreaming of getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth?

If you said yes to many of these questions then bone grafting may be the best way to stabilize and strengthen your jawbone once more. Bone grafting surgery affords our Herrin, IL, general dentist the opportunity to rebuild and restore the jawbone to not only improve its health but also to make it possible to support a restoration like a dental implant.

A dental implant requires enough healthy jawbone in order to properly support it. If you’ve had your heart set on replacing your missing tooth or teeth with this long-term treatment but you are dealing with severe bone loss you may feel defeated. Not so fast! Bone grafting may be the answer you’ve been looking for. By getting bone grafting first, we can often greatly improve the strength and structure of the jawbone so that it can support a dental implant.

Whether you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, we are here to provide you with the restorative dentistry you need right here in Herrin, IL. Turn to Hughes Dental Arts Centre today.

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(618) 993-3100
504 Rushing Drive Herrin, IL 62948