When you lose teeth and time elapses, this could mean your jawbone has weakened and lost mass and density. This could complicate your ability to receive dental implants and enjoy a full smile again. Which is why your Newhall, CA, dentist could help prepare your smile with jawbone grafting, and then replace lost teeth with lifelike dental implants.
The Impact of Weak Jaw Structure
When we lose teeth, the body will respond by suspending or diverting the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these nutrients, the jawbone will loss mass and density. This causes an aged appearance and could lead to further tooth loss too. In addition, this weakened state could mean your smile can no longer support dental implants, which limits your tooth replacement options. But with oral surgery, we can rebuild these weakened portions of your smile.
The Grafting Process
To begin, we will gather detailed digital x-rays and intraoral camera images of the smile, so we can assess the state of your jawbone and plan treatment with precision and accuracy. We then offer a local anesthetic and dental sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable through the surgical procedure. Once we do, our team will take bone tissues from the back of your jaw or from your hip, or we will use a donor or synthetic source, and apply this to the weekend portions of your smile. The procedure fortifies the jawbone and leaves it stronger and fuller, so we can move forward with tooth replacement.
Placing Dental Implants
When everything heals, we will insert one or more dental implant posts into the jaw. The body accepts these as new roots, and this stimulates the jaw to prevent further breakdowns. This enables the posts to act as new roots, and support either an individual missing tooth replacement, or secure a bridge, partial, or full set of dentures. You then smile with confidence, and can eat your favorite foods again. So even if significant time has passed since you lost your natural teeth, we can still strengthen your smile to make it ready for the placement of one or more dental implants. This helps protect your oral health and your smile’s function, and helps you enjoy a more attractive one too.
If you have any questions about how we complete the grafting procedure, or about replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. A new smile is always possible!
Ready to Replace Your Missing Teeth?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a full smile again. You can schedule an appointment to help rebuild smiles and address tooth loss by calling your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, at (661) 259-7760.