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3 Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures That Require a Chin Graft
A chin graft is a procedure that is used to augment the results of other aesthetic or remedial dental operations. It is one of several operations that entail removing natural bone from one area of the mouth and grafting it to another. Chin grafting can help correct bone issues. An oral surgeon may recommend a chin graft if you do not have enough natural bone to support dental implants.
3 Procedures that may require a chin graft
The following are some of the most common reasons for needing a chin graft.
1. Dental implants for tooth replacement
Chin grafts are frequently suggested for people who are getting implants to replace lost teeth. Dental implants are screw-shaped artificial tooth roots that go inside the jawbone. The implant is then covered with a crown that closely matches the appearance of the remaining teeth. Bone grafting is usually done to create a stable foundation for an implant. In a 2016 study of almost 800 patients published by the National Institute of Health, more than half of implant placement patients required bone grafting beforehand.
2. Gum disease or tooth loss
Chin grafting may be required (even if the patient is not getting an implant) to maintain a jaw region that has lost bone due to tooth loss or gum disease. Bone loss can cause surrounding teeth and gum tissue to deteriorate. A bone transplant can help avoid future bone loss and the long-term health problems that occur with it by stabilizing the jaw. Gum disease, if not treated properly, can cause tooth loss and possibly cardiovascular issues.
3. Facial reconstruction
Those whose appearance has been affected by bone loss may also consider chin transplants. The loss of jawbone mass might make a face appear smaller than it is. The lower jawbone might appear to jut out if it loses bone mass. Lips and muscles surrounding them may change the face’s appearance if there is not adequate bone structure below them. The facial skin may also become wrinkled.
Jawbone loss is more frequent in older people, just as the risk of getting the bone-thinning disorder osteoporosis rises with age. However, anyone of any age who has had a jaw injury or has had problems with poor oral hygiene or other health issues, such as severe infections, may require a dental bone graft.
The chin graft procedure
The bone required can be taken from the chin region when just a small amount is required. Due to the proximity to the bone supply, this operation is frequently convenient. A synthetic substance or alloplastic strengthens the connection between the recipient bone and the chin graft in many situations. The oral surgeon will make every effort to utilize the best materials possible during the process.
The bottom line
If you do not have enough bone in your jaw, a chin graft may be necessary. Chin grafting will help ensure that your jawbone is robust enough to hold your implant in place. If you are considering a chin graft, contact our dental office today to book an appointment.
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