When you lose your teeth, or if your jaw sustains a serious injury, you could lose mass and density. Over time, this could mean an older appearance, and your jaw could be unable to support a dental implant. But your Newport Beach, CA, dentist’s office can offer a jawbone grafting, also known as ridge augmentation, to rebuild your smile!
Damaged Jaws and Missing Teeth
When you lose a tooth, the body will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jaw around the missing tooth. As a result, the area can break down with time and lead to further tooth loss and possibly an older appearance. Likewise, if you sustain an injury that damages the jaw and deprives you of structure and tooth roots, this could begin to break down too. We can replace missing teeth with dental implants, which look and function like natural teeth. But there needs to be enough jawbone structure to support them! Which is why we may recommend rebuilding what has been lost with jawbone grafting.
Preparing for Oral Surgery
To begin, our team will take detailed digital x-rays of your smile. These images will be available instantly chairside, and taking them uses 90% less radiation than traditional options. The images allow us to see into the jaw structure, so we can assess the strength of your smile and also plan the procedure in detail. When the time comes for treatment, we will not only numb the area being treated, but our team can administer dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. We want your bridge augmentation to be a positive experience!
The Grafting Procedure
Our team apply new structure to the teeth. This could be taken from other parts of your body, such as the rear of your jaw, your hip, or even your knee. We could also use synthetic tissues as well. These will bond with the jaw and provide new structure to support dental implants. When the area heals, we will place dental implants into the jaw. They will stimulate the growth of jawbone structure and preserve your newly restored areas, ensuring your new teeth can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime.
If you have a weakened or injured jaw and want to receive dental implants, we can start with the grafting procedure. If you have any questions, then feel free to reach out to our team today.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Ridge Augmentation
Our team wants to help address your weakened smile and help support dental implants. To find out more about restoring the strength of your smile, or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.