Tooth loss does more than just leave gaps in your smile. This could also lead to the gradual breakdown of the jawbone structure, and in turn make placing dental implants complicated too! In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about how we prepare your smile for dental implant placement with a jawbone grafting procedure, and what can be done to keep your smile strong.
The Loss of Jawbone Density
When you lose natural teeth, the body takes note and in response, suspends or diverts the flow of key nutrients to the bone around the missing roots. Without regular doses of calcium and phosphorus, the bone tissue will gradually break down and erode. The loss of mass and density means further tooth loss, a prematurely aged appearance, and problems placing dental implants. However, with a ridge augmentation our team can rebuild these lost portions.
Complications for Missing Teeth
A dental implant is the best option to address missing teeth, as they function like natural roots, bonding with the tissue. However, if the bone issue is weakened and eroded, there isn’t enough to support them properly and they could fail. However, if your jawbone is rebuilt, then we can insert the new teeth and they will remain in place and help stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue to keep your smile whole and healthy. We can replace individual missing teeth, or even secure a fixed full or partial denture.
The Grafting Process
With the grafting process, we will take bone tissue from the back of the jaw or from other parts of your body, such as your hip. We could also use donor or synthetic options too! We place these onto the weakened portions of the jawbone, and they bond with them as the placement area heals. This strengthens and fortifies your smile, correcting early stages of aging and leaving your smile ready for implant placement once it heals. When we insert the new posts, they encourage the growth of tissues or ensure remaining natural teeth stay in place and that your new roots can potentially last for decades, or possibly a lifetime.
If you have a missing tooth and a weakened jaw, and would like to correct this issue, then schedule a consultation with our team. We will plan the treatment process and help you enjoy a strong, healthy, functional, and attractive smile once again.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Oral Surgery
We would like to help prepare your smile for tooth replacement, preserving your youthful features. If you would like to find out more about our approach to oral surgery, contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760. In addition to ridge augmentation, our team also provides tooth extraction and dental implant with precision and care.