Strengthening Smiles With Bone Grafts
Oral health declines when we lose natural teeth. Obviously, there are problems with eating your favorite foods. Even talking clearly could be a problem. However, the major problem is the break down of density in the jaw. This weakens the jaw, and could even cause patients to look older. More importantly, this prevents dental implant placement. Additional treatments could be necessary to strengthen the jaw in order to make tooth replacement possible! Fortunately, Doctors Network could link you to a local Covenant Life oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is in-network with 1199 and offers this care. In addition, we could also discuss our membership program to make dental care affordable!
Jawbone grafting is also referred to as ridge augmentation. Essentially this enables the dentist to preserve the ridge in your gums. Your dentist could use various sources. Tissue could be taken from the back of the jaw or the hip. Donor materials like bovine bone could also be used. We could also recommend synthetic materials. During oral surgery, these are applied to the areas of weakened structure in the mandibular bone.
Once the area heals, the dental implants could be placed. The body will allow them to bond with the jaw. As a result, they help prevent any further breakdown in the jaw, protecting facial structure. Our team can connect you to a dentist in Covenant Life, AK who performs ridge augmentation and dental implants, and also let you know about our membership plan to make sure your care fits in your budget!