Jawbone Grafting Prepares Smiles For Implants

encinitas jawbone graftingWhen your jawbone begins to lose mass and density following tooth loss, this could limit your ability to receive dental implants. But with laser dentistry and advanced technology, we can offer grafting to strengthen your jaw in preparation for dental implants. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about the grafting process.

Tooth Loss and Weakened Structure

The number one cause of adult tooth loss is periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. When the disease causes missing teeth, the body will respond by suspending the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone around the lost roots. Denied these nutrients, the bone tissues begin to break down and shrink, which causes an older appearance and could lead to additional missing teeth. This weakened structure means you may not be able to receive dental implants, a tooth replacement option designed to improve the strength of the jawbone and prevent an aged appearance. But our team can help with ridge augmentation, also known as jawbone grafting, which can fortify the areas that have lost mass and density.

Jawbone Grafting with Laser Technology

Our team can use advanced technology to aid in the grafting process. Once we examine your smile with advanced imagery and plan the treatment, we will administer anesthesia and sedation to help you enter a calm and comfortable state. We then employ dental lasers to modify gum and bone structures, before we apply new materials to it in the form of donor or synthetic materials, or bone taken from your hip, rear of your jaw, or knee bone. The structures bond with the jaw and provide a matrix for new bone tissues to grow around, so your jaw is strengthened and able to receive dental implants!

Placing Dental Implants

When the jaw is healed and ready, we will insert the posts into the jawbone, where they act as new roots and stimulate the growth of bone tissues. This also enables the new teeth to stay in place for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. Our team will also administer treatment to manage periodontal disease and prevent the failure of your new teeth or the loss of additional natural ones.  If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat issues like gum tissues, or about placing dental implants or strengthening your smile with grafting procedures, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to keep your smile whole and beautiful!

Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Treatments?

We want to help you enjoy a full smile for years to come. If you would like to find out more about the solutions we have for weakened structure, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.