Losing teeth impacts the function and beauty of your smile, and over time, could even lead to the breakdown of your facial structure, causing an older appearance. This occurs due to the loss of jawbone mass and density. Losing these tissues could even impact the placement of dental implants! To help prepare your smile for placement following loss of bone tissue, your Fort Worth, TX, dentist may recommend jawbone grafting.
The Loss of Mass and Density
When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, the body takes note. Basically, the flow of nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus will be suspended. Without them, the bone tissue around your missing teeth begin to loss mass and density with time. As the tissue breaks down, this could lead to further tooth loss and even impact your facial structure, causing a prematurely aged appearance. One of the major benefits of dental implant placement is the fact that the body sees them as natural roots, and resumes the flow of nutrients to stimulate bone growth and preserve your facial structure. However, if you lose enough tissue you may not be able to support new roots without first undergoing grafting or a sinus lift.
The Grafting Procedure
Jawbone grafting, sometimes referred to as ridge augmentation, helps strengthen the bone tissue in the mandible, also known as your lower jawbone. We will use bone tissue taken from other portions of your jawbone, or possibly use donor or synthetic tissues, grafting them to the portions around your lost teeth. This then enables your lower jawbone to receive new teeth. For the upper portion of your smile, we will perform a sinus lift. We lift the sinus floor to make room for new teeth and provide bone tissues to support them. We then essentially rebuild the base of your smile to enable us to move forward with the implant placement once healing is complete.
Placing Replacement Teeth
The next step is the insert the dental implant posts. Using advanced digital technology and CT scanning, we plan the process and carefully guide the biocompatible titanium posts into place. The areas we place them will ensure they absorb daily bite forces and support a new smile. Following placement, we may be able to restore them with crowns or dentures in the same visit. If you have any questions about addressing the exposed gaps in your smile and improving the function and beauty of your smile, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restoring Smiles?
Our team is ready to people with missing teeth enjoy a full smile again, even if they have lost mass and density in the smile. To learn more about placing implants, then schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.