Tooth Loss Compromises More than Your Smile
A beautiful, healthy smile begins with healthy gums and jaw bone. When a tooth is extracted or lost, it can compromise the health of this soft and hard tissue, and affect your overall oral health as well. Patients who have had missing teeth for some time may notice that their jaw bone is receding or their facial appearance is altered. While dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement, inadequate bone volume may eliminate them as an option. Without adequate bone volume, the implant post will not be firmly held and likely fail. For patients with mild to severe bone loss, we offer bone-grafting procedures to restore healthy volume to the jaw bone and prepare the site for dental implants.
The Health Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting not only restores adequate volume back to the jaw bone, but helps support adjacent teeth and provides a healthy base for dental implants, the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. During a bone graft procedure, we will take bone from another part of your body or a safe donor source, and place it on the site that needs restoration. Over time, the new and existing bone fuse together and become strong enough to support a dental implant. Bone grafting is a safe and effective procedure that provides patients with long-term health benefits, especially after the successful placement of dental implants. With a stable new tooth or set of teeth, speaking and chewing function can be restored, the smile is more aesthetically appealing, and overall oral health is improved.
Candidates for a Bone Grafting Procedure:
- In good overall health
- Loss of jaw bone volume
- Want to regain jaw strength
- Free from gum disease
- Not allergic to graft material
Expert Care to Restore Health Back to Your Mouth
Bone grafting is a routine procedure performed in our state-of-the-art office, and we take great care in providing quality treatment to every patient. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Ricardo Tomei, is skilled at restoring lost bone, even if you have been missing teeth for years. If you have previously not qualified for dental implants because of severe jaw bone loss, we can help you restore your mouth back to full health with a bone grafting procedure and the placement of dental implants! If you feel uncomfortable undergoing this procedure, we offer sedation options to ease your anxiety and help you feel relaxed throughout your appointment.