Rebuilding Smiles With Bone Grafts
A lot happens to our smile when we lose natural teeth. Obviously, there are problems with consuming solid foods. Even clear speech could be a problem. However, the major problem is the loss of mass and density in the jaw. This weakens the jaw, and could even cause an older appearance. More importantly, this limits dental implant placement. Additional treatments could be necessary to strengthen the jaw in order to prepare the gum for dental implants! Fortunately, Doctors Network could help you find a great Newhalen oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and offers this care. In addition, we could also discuss our membership plan to make care affordable!
Jawbone grafting is also referred to as ridge augmentation. Essentially this enables the dentist to restore the lost structure in your mandible. Your dentist could use a number of different options. Tissue could be sourced from the back of the jaw or the hip. Donor materials like bovine bone could also be used. We could also recommend synthetic materials. In a surgical procedure, these are applied to the areas of weakened structure in the lower jawbone.
Once the area heals, one or more 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, allowing long-lasting tooth replacement. Our team can connect you to a dentist in Newhalen, AK who offers this surgical procedure, and also let you know about our membership plan to make sure your treatment fits your budget!