When you have periodontitis, you could not only develop uncomfortable shouts in your gums, but risk the loss of your teeth. Missing teeth mean more than just a gap, but also the risk of a weakened jawbone. To rebuild what has been weakened, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist could offer jawbone grafting!
The Loss of Your Jaw Structure
When periodontitis causes you to lose your natural teeth, your body will no longer provide regular doses of calcium and phosphorus to the areas around your missing roots. Without these routine doses of nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density and breaks down, a process that leads to additional missing teeth and an older appearance. The process also means you may not have enough jawbone to support dental implants, severely limiting your prosthetic options. Which means in order to enjoy a complete smile again, you need procedures like jawbone grafting and sinus lifts to rebuild what has been lost.
The Grafting Process
With jawbone grafting, our team will take detailed digital imagery of your smile to plan the procedure and assess the weakened areas. During the surgery itself, we will nib you with local anesthesia and sedation, so you’re calm and comfortable as we open the area and attach new tissue. We will take this bone structure from your jaw, hip, or knee, or from synthetic sources. The new tissues bond with the jaw and restore the jaw, so you can now receive dental implants. Once the implants are in place, the body accepts them as natural roots, so the doses of calcium and phosphates resume to keep the jaw strong and ensure your new teeth can last for years to come, possibly decades or even a lifetime!
Adjustments With Laser Dentistry
The procedure will require our team altering and reshaping the soft tissues and jawbone structure. To do so with precision and accuracy, instead of scalpels we will employ dental lasers to reshape these areas and aid in treatment, as lasers are far more precise, and allow the area to heal much quicker. We use lasers to address periodontal disease too, destroying harmful deposits of bacteria to prevent complications for your smile. If you have any questions about how we conduct a grafting to preserve your smile, or about placing dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Rebuilding Your Smile
Our team wants to address periodontal concerns and other issues that threaten smile stability, so you can maintain a full and beautiful smile. If you would like to find out more about the treatments we use to address the complications of tooth loss, please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.