Bone Grafting Restores Shape and Jaw Health
When you look in a mirror following tooth loss you may find yourself unable to recognize the person staring back at you. The changes you are seeing are the result of jaw bone deterioration, which causes a sunken-in or aged appearance over time. Your face will literally change its shape without teeth to maintain healthy levels of bone density by stimulating the bone as you bite, chew or use your teeth. In the past, dentures were a temporary solution for missing teeth, but they failed to address the true underlying cause of changing facial features. Now that modern dentistry has solutions like dental implants, we can offer bone grafting to restore shape to your smile and prepare your mouth for a permanent tooth replacement solution.
Do You Need Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is not right for every patient, so whether you need the treatment will be determined following an evaluation with one of our doctors. In general, there are several indications that this treatment may be right for you:
- The bone is not tall enough
- The bone is not wide enough
- You need more bone in preparation for dental implant placement
Do You Need a Sinus Lift?
For some patients bone grafting treatment may not be the right solution to address their needs, but rather a sinus lift. A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, adds bone to the upper molar areas. This restores bone density in preparation for successful, long-term dental implant placement. For either bone grafting treatment, you will have the option of including sedation dentistry to help you stay calm, relaxed and comfortable throughout the appointment.