When tooth loss remains untreated, this could mean a loss of mass and density in your jaw. You soon could find your smile unable to support dental implants. But to rebuild your smile, we could rebuild the smile with oral surgery. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about jawbone grafting.
The Loss of Structure in Your Smile
When you lose a natural tooth, or several, the body will suspend or divert the flow of calcium and phosphates to the area of the jaw with the missing roots. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density. This causes a gradual breakdown in the jaw, one that could cause further tooth loss or even a prematurely aged appearance. This also impacts your ability to receive dental implants, as you may not have enough structure to support one or more new teeth. To rebuild the jaw, we could offer a ridge augmentation.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
The ridge augmentation, also known as jawbone grafting, involves our team applying new structure to the smile that bonds with the jaw and fortifies the smile, so there is enough tissue to support new teeth. We could use tissue taken from the rear of your jaw or from your hip, or we could use donor tissue or synthetic options. We plan the procedure and guide it with digital technology, and anesthesia and sedation will ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. We will also provide detailed healing instructions to help you return to your normal routine quicker.
The ridge augmentation is used for the lower jaw, but what about the upper arch? With a sinus lift, we essentially use oral surgery to lift the sinus floor and uncover new bone tissue to support dental implants and help you obtain a full smile again.
Once the area heals, we will guide the dental implants into the jaw, ensuring they sit at the right angle and position to support a new crown or possibly a denture. The body accepts the post as natural roots, which strengthens the jaw and ensures your new teeth can last for decades to come. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss or about starting 2023 on the oath to a full and stunning new smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Rebuilding Your Smile?
We want to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile in 2023. If you would like to learn more about preserving smiles with oral surgery, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625. If you have gaps in your smile, then see us right away for replacement!