If you have lost teeth and your jawbone has eroded since then, you may be unable to receive dental implants and could develop an aged appearance. However, we can employ bone grafting to strengthen your smile and prepare your smile for implant placement! In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist’s office talks about ridge augmentation, or bone grafting.
The Factors Behind a Weakened Jawbone
When we lose our natural teeth, the body will respond by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down and leads to a prematurely aged appearance. In addition, your jawbone could weaken and be unable to receive dental implants to address your missing teeth. To protect your smile and preserve your youthful features, and to also leave your smile prepared to receive dental implants, you may need a ridge augmentation, also referred to as bone grafting.
Preparing Your Smile for Surgery
Our team will begin by taking detailed digital x-rays to assess the strength of your smile and to identify the weakened portions that require treatment. We plan the procedure in detail and then offer sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, so you enjoy a positive experience at the office. When you’re properly sedated and comfortable, we will take bone tissue from other parts of your body, such as the rear of your jaw, your hip, or your knee, and apply it to the areas that have lost mass and density following treatment. We could also use synthetic materials too.
Bone Grafting and Implant Placement
These new tissues will bond with the jaw and strengthen the smile, so you can now support dental implants. When the area heals, we will use detailed digital images to plan and oversee the placement of the dental implant posts, using specific angles and positions to ensure your new roots can stay in place for decades to come and support a new tooth or a portion of a denture if you have more advanced tooth loss. These posts are accepted as new roots, and this prevents the jawbone from losing mass and density again as the body will resume the flow of calcium and phosphates to the areas around your new teeth.
If you have any questions about how we place new teeth and implement your oral surgery, or about bone grafting and implants in particular, then reach out to our team today to learn more. Everyone deserves a beautiful and full smile, and we’re ready to help!
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We want to help ensure your smile is ready for receiving new teeth. If you have questions about bone grafting, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.