When you lose a tooth, you don’t just end up with a gap in your smile. Over time, you could also develop a weakened jawbone that complicates tooth replacement. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist talks about how we prepare your smile for dental implant placement with jawbone grafting.
The Breakdown Caused by Tooth Loss
When teeth are lost, the body will take note and suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing teeth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density and begins to breakdown. The breakdown then causes further tooth loss and eventually, an aged appearance. If you want to receive dental implants to address the missing teeth, your jawbone could be too weak to support them! Which is why we may need to rebuild the structure before moving forward with tooth replacement.
The grafting procedure involves our team taking digital images and x-rays of your smile to plan the surgery in detail. We then offer anesthetic and sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. We then apply tissue taken from the back of your jaw or your hip, or from synthetic and donor sources, to the weakened portions. They bond with the bone and provide a new layer to restore the beauty and fullness of your smile, and also provide enough support for one or more dental implants.
Dental Implant Placement
When the area heals and your smile is ready for dental implant placement, we will begin by taking digital imaging technology to plan and guide the placement of the implant posts. Inserted into the new tissues, this cause osseointegration to take place, bonding the implants and the jaw like natural roots. This further protects the new structure and prevents further breakdown. Your new roots can then last for decades to come, so you could enjoy a lifetime of quality tooth replacement! A crown is attached with an abutment to complete a single tooth option, and we could use several posts and abutments to secure a bridge or even a full denture, one that is fixed in placer and never slips or requires removal for soaking and cleaning. If you have one or more missing teeth, even if time has elapsed since your tooth loss, we can help rebuild your smile and offer one that is durable, lifelike, and long-lasting.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist About Oral Surgery
Our team is ready to help correct the impact of your tooth loss and rebuild your smile. If you would like to find out more about preparing your smile for implant dentistry, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Newton, by calling (214) 851-0130.