When you’ve lost teeth and time has elapsed since then, your jaw could weaken. The loss of mass and density could make placing dental implants difficult. But our team can conduct a unique surgical procedure to strengthen your smile in preparation for implant placement. At our Fort Worth, TX, oral and maxillofacial surgery office, we can fortify your smile with bone grafting.
The Impact Of Lost Teeth
How does a smile weaken following the loss of your natural teeth? We could lose teeth due to injury, cavities or infection, or in most cases, the advanced stage of gum disease. When this happens, the body will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the area around the missing root. Deprived of these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density. The breakdown then weakens the jaw so more teeth could become lost, and you could eventually develop an older appearance. Without a jawbone at full strength, you may not have enough structure to support one or more dental implants, limiting your tooth replacement options. But rebuilding what has been lost is possible with bone grafting!
The Bone Grafting Procedure
Our team will carefully examine your smile using advanced digital imaging systems, so we can plan the procedure in detail and avoid sensitive areas, like blood vessels, sinus cavities, and nerve tissues. When the treatment begins, we will numb the area with local anesthesia and offer sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. Our team then applies new structure to the weakened areas, in the form of bone tissue taken from other parts of your body, like your jaw, hip, or knee. Synthetic material could also be used. These new tissues bond with the jaw and provide enough support for dental implants.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once the grafted area heals properly, we will move forward with inserting one or more dental implants. The body then accepts these biocompatible titanium posts as natural roots, so the newly rebuilt areas don’t lose mass and density. Instead, you could receive a new tooth, or even a full set of fixed dentures. With these new teeth, you gain a full smile with a prosthetic that looks and functions like natural teeth, so you can smile with confidence and eat your favorite meals again!
If you have any questions about bone grafting or dental implant surgery, then contact our team today to learn more. You can obtain a full smile!
OUR FORT WORTH, TX, ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY CLINIC CAN SECURE REPLACEMENT TEETH
Our team wants to strengthen your jawbone to ensure you can receive lifelike replacement teeth. If you would like to find out more, call our Fort Worth, TX, oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic at (817) 522-1833.