Grafting to Fortify Your Jawbone

Jawbone erosion, or the loss of the bone’s mass and density, can occur for a variety of different reasons, depending on your specific oral health concerns. For instance, it may be a consequence of severe periodontal disease, which gradually erodes your periodontal tissues and the jawbone structure underneath it the longer it’s left untreated. It might also be the result of diminished stimulation in your jawbone, which is the result of one or more teeth being uprooted from within it. In most cases, the effects of jawbone erosion can impact both your long-term oral health and the appearance of your oral and facial structures. With bone grafting, we may be able to reverse these effects, restoring your good oral health and bite function while also improving your overall facial appearance.

When bone grafting can help

Bone grafting is an oral/maxillofacial surgery that involves grafting donor bone and/or biocompatible grafting material to your jawbone structure. The surgery may be recommended for several reasons, each of which requires your jawbone to be stronger and healthier. For example, many of our patients who receive bone grafting do so because of one of the following reasons:

  • To strengthen the bone before dental implant placement
  • To build up the foundation before placing a bridge or denture
  • To reverse the visible effects of jawbone erosion in the face
  • To improve the balance and function of their bite
  • To recover from an injury to the jawbone structure
  • And more

Learn if you can benefit from bone grafting

Bone grafting can fortify your jawbone structure before receiving dental implants, or to improve the appearance of your smile and facial features. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.