When you suffer from tooth loss, this could eventually cause more than just an embarrassing gap with your smile. You could lose mass and density in your jawbone, which leads to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. To rebuild this smile, and make it ready to receive dental implants, then your Olathe, KS, dentists could offer jawbone grafting, also known as ridge augmentation.
The Loss of Mass and Density in Your Smile
When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, this could cause the body to suspend the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jawbone around the lost root. Without regular doses of these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to break down, losing mass and density. Over time, this is linked to further tooth loss and even a prematurely aged appearance as your facial structure breaks down too.
The Issues With Tooth Replacement
When you begin to lose structures in your smile, this could mean you’re no longer able to support a root. Placing dental implants becomes difficult as there isn’t enough jawbone tissue to support a new root. The implant could then fail, becoming lost just as a natural tooth would. While we can treat the underlying issues behind your tooth loss, such as infection or periodontal disease, you still need to rebuild the lost portions of your smile to move forward with long-lasting and lifelike tooth replacement. Which means you may need ridge augmentation.
Help With Jawbone Grafting
The procedure involves taking bone tissue from the back of your jaw or hip, or from a donor or synthetic source, and using it to rebuild the portions of the jaw that have lost serious amounts of mass and density. As they bond with the jaw, this provides new structure to support one or more dental implants. Once the dental implants are in place, they stimulate the growth of structure to preserve your jaw and face, preserving your youthful features and allowing you to enjoy tooth replacement that lasts for decades to come. If you have any questions about how we approach oral surgery, or about the measurements we take to ensure you remain comfortable and calm the entire time, then contact our team today. We would love to talk to you about improving your smile!
Do You Have Questions About Ridge Augmentation?
Don’t let tooth loss cause your facial structure to break down and appear prematurely aged. Schedule an appointment today and learn about our approach to ridge augmentation. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.