Bone atrophy, also commonly known as bone loss, is a common complication after tooth loss. When the teeth are lost, the bone that once held the teeth into place is resorbed. This is a natural process by which the body breaks down unneeded tissues, but it also leads to bone loss in the jaw. This can change your facial shape and even weaken your jaw. Our Los Angeles periodontics expert may recommend a bone graft to reverse or slow this process. A bone graft is a treatment that is considered highly predictable and virtually painless. It can also improve your candidacy for dental implants.
A bone graft uses natural or synthetic bone materials to stimulate bone growth in the jaw. The graft may be done at the same time that the teeth are extracted. In this case, the grafting materials are packed into the sockets of the lost teeth in order to support the socket and prevent collapse. The graft may also be done at a later time, as well.
Once the graft is complete, the jawbone will heal to become stronger and denser. The dental implant can then be placed successfully, and you will be able to smile confidently once again. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in bone grafting in Los Angeles.