Bone recession is an unfortunate yet common consequence of losing one or more of your teeth. It happens because the blood supply and stimulation needed for maintaining healthy bone is gone. There are consequences to bone loss – some obvious, some less so. This blog post from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO takes a look at this issue.
One of the results of bone loss in the jaw is facial appearance. The lips and cheeks begin to sink in, or even shift. As time goes by, it becomes more pronounced.
Bone recession, or the loss of bone mass, can also result in dental problems. For those who have lost multiple teeth, it becomes more difficult for a dental bridge or dentures to fit into place, because there isn’t enough bone to support them. It is also more difficult to place a dental implant, which might otherwise support one or more replacement teeth.
Fortunately, there is treatment called bone grafting that can restore bone mass.
In a bone graft, a section of bone is taken from another part of your body and grafted, or attached, to your jaw bone. Over the next few months the graft will generate new bone growth, enough to support a dental implant, bridge, or dentures.
A composite bone grafting material may be used instead of your own bone.
With new graft-generated bone, you’ll not only have an improved facial appearance. Dental implants, like those from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, can restore your smile and your ability to bite and chew. Implants are among our restorative dentistry options. Call for an appointent today!
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