Bone Grafting to Strengthen the Jaw
When you have lost a tooth to gum disease or a tooth has been extracted and has not been replaced, the root of the tooth cannot stimulate the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone starts to deteriorate which can cause a host of oral health problems and facial disfigurement over time as the jaw starts to sink inward. Fortunately, there are some ways to restore lost bone.
Best Candidates for Bone Grafting
If you are getting dental implants, it is even more important that you have enough bone available to support the implant. You may be a good candidate for the bone grafting procedure if you:
- Have missing teeth after gum disease
- Have had one or more teeth extracted without replacement
- Want to improve the natural contours of the chin
- Are replacing missing teeth with dental implants or implant supported dentures
- Notice your jaw bone is starting to sink inward
Key Benefits of Bone Grafting
In addition to the functional benefits of a bone graft, strengthening and restoring the jaw bone can improve your facial appearance. A compromised jaw bone can cause significant changes to the face and neck. You may notice the jaw line virtually disappears or you have symmetrical imbalances. Rebuilding the jaw bone can help to restore your youthful appearance so you can smile with confidence.
Take Steps to Improve Jaw Health
If you are getting dental implants or have lost bone in the jaw area because of the aging process, we are here to rebuild the jaw. We offer sedation dentistry for patients who may have fear or anxiety about going to the dentist or undergoing a bone grafting procedure. Schedule your consultation for the bone grafting procedure today. Call Periodontal and Implant Associates of Middle Tennessee to learn more.