When you lose teeth or suffer a serious injury, this could have a negative impact on the strength and stability of your jaw. This could lead to an aged appearance, poor bite balance and chewing function, and even complicate the placement of dental implants. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about jawbone grafting and sinus lifts.
The Impact of Tooth Loss
We could lose our natural teeth to injuries, tooth decay or infection, or in most cases, the advanced stage of gum disease. When teeth become lost, this means the body will take note and suspend the flow of calcium and phosphates to the surrounding bone structure. As the bone loses mass and density, this leads to further tooth loss and for some, a prematurely aged appearance. This could not only have negative impacts on quality of life, but also complicate the placement of dental implants to address your tooth loss! However, we can rebuild your smile and provide structure to support implants with grafting and sinus lifts.
Also known as a ridge augmentation, this addresses missing structure in the lower jaw. Our team will plan the process with advanced digital technology, applying new material to the weakened portion of the jaw to create a scaffolding that allows surrounding bone tissue and the new portions to bond with one another, restoring the smile. We could use tissue from donor sources, or from other parts of your smile, or with synthetic materials. As with any oral surgery, we take time to ensure you’re comfortable with local anesthetic and also sedation, so you’re calm and relaxed the whole time, even if you have dental anxiety.
What about the upper jaw? Instead of grafting, we will actually lift the sinus floor to uncover new portions of bone structure that can support dental implants, providing a chance to address tooth loss there whether you need a single dental implant so enough to support a complete denture. You don’t have to live with tooth loss and weakened smiles, we can help rebuild and transform with oral surgery. If you have any questions about the causes of tooth loss, or about restoring your smile, then contact our team today to schedule a consultation. You can see us now to obtain care before the holidays complicate your schedule, and so you can use your 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December.
Do You Have Questions About Rebuilding Your Smile?
We would love to help you avoid the long term complications of untreated tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about preparing smiles for dental implant placement, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.