If you are one of the 120 million American adults who have lost one or more teeth, you know how debilitating it can be. Missing teeth affect the way you speak, the way you eat, and the way you look and feel about yourself. Dental implants offer a great solution for the replacement of missing teeth, but if your teeth have been missing for a while, you may have some bone erosion. For implants to be successful, there needs to be enough bone to grow around the implant to secure it. In this case, bone grafts can provide a firm foundation for dental implants. Dr. Ramyar Elyssian is a dentist at Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists in Tustin, CA. He can provide bone grafts in preparation for your dental implants.
What Does a Bone Graft Entail?
Tustin dental patients may experience bone erosion when their jaw begins to shrink because it has no stimulation from the roots of your teeth. It can also be caused by periodontal disease. In either case, your jaw can be strengthened with bone grafting. This is a surgical procedure that is performed to add bone to your gum ridge to rebuild your jaw. Within several weeks of having a bone graft, it will integrate with your existing jawbone and provide a firm foundation for your dental implants.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting offers several benefits including:
- Protects your remaining teeth
- Provides a good foundation for implants
- Stops your existing teeth from drifting
- Restores your facial structure
If you have lost the integrity of your jawbone because of tooth loss, we can restore your smile to its former state. If you live in Tustin, CA, and would like to find out more about bone grafts and dental implants, call Dr. Ramyar Ellyssian at (714) 730-3746 to schedule a consultation.