Bone Loss Impacts Your Facial Appearance
Many older people experience bone loss around their teeth due to oral health issues like diseases, infections, or mouth trauma. Dr. Miranda is experienced using surgical procedures such as bone grafting to restore your facial appearance and smile. Bone grafting is an important part of restoring your natural jaw ridge and facial contours where bone loss has been suffered.
What is Bone Grafting?
When people lose their teeth, the area of the jawbone where the teeth are missing begins to atrophy. This can lead to a condition where the bone is so damaged that the area is not suitable for dental implant placement. In these cases, patients cannot physically handle dental implants. Bone grafting allows these patients the opportunity to restore their smile by replacing bone where it is missing, and promote new bone growth in that location. With bone grafting completed, the dentist can now properly insert dental implants, restoring function to your jaw, enhancing your appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate for Bone Grafting?
Bone loss in the jaw is commonly caused by missing teeth due to decay, injury, or trauma. When a tooth is not in place to stimulate the jawbone, the bone structure located in that area may begin to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this can lead to unpleasant changes in your facial appearance. Bone grafting procedures may be advisable for the following patients:
Patients who have missing teeth that have led to jawbone atrophy
Anyone who has experienced a traumatic mouth injury that resulted in jawbone atrophy
People who have had oral surgery, such as tumor removal, that caused bone loss
Patients who were born with congenital defects that caused a bone structure shortage
Different Types of Bone Graft Procedures
Dr. Miranda is ready to perform several different type of bone graft procedures to help his patients. Which bone graft procedure Dr. Miranda chooses for your specific case depends on which procedure will best address and resolve your particular condition:
Allograft Bone Graft:
Bone used in the graft is synthetic or is taken from a cadaver
Autogenous Bone Graft:
Bone used in the graft is harvested from the patient's own body (usually the lower jaw or the chin)
Bone used in this graft is sourced from a cow
What to Expect After a Bone Graft Procedure
A bone graft procedure may take up to several months to fully complete. In the grafting, bone is inserted into the affected area. The implanted bone will fuse with your existing bone, and the migration of cells causes the new bone to fuse, improving cell growth. By supplementing the area where you suffered bone loss, there is now enough bone mass in which to anchor dental implants. When your bone graft heals, your jawbone provides the ideal support for replacement teeth that will look great and last a lifetime.
Contact Dr. Miranda Today
Bone grafting is an important step in restoring a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Miranda and his dental team are dedicated to helping you achieve optimum oral health, and a smile you are proud to share. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.Contact Us >>