If you lose teeth, your jawbone no longer gets the daily stimulation that those teeth provided. Without this stimulation, new bone cells are not created and your body begins to reabsorb the bone. This can also occur if periodontitis disease is present as bone loss is a side effect of this advanced form of gum disease. Regardless of the reason, any type of bone loss eventually causes your face to start to take on a different look. This is the look that the elderly are so commonly known for, the 'sagging look,' giving your face a sunken in appearance.
The largest problem with bone loss is the inability to place dental implants to replace the missing teeth. If dental implants are not an option, you are generally left with dentures as your only choice. Today's technology has made it possible for us to help your bone grow back, allowing you to avoid any change to your facial features, making you a candidate for dental implants and to enhance your overall oral health with bone grafting.
In certain circumstances, bone grafting is also needed for jaw deformities. These deformities could be something you were born with, occurred as a result of an injury or is a side effect of the presence of tumors in the jaw. There are several major bone grafting procedures that can be performed, including sinus lift, ridge expansion and ridge augmentation.
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