It goes without saying that, when presented with the option, nobody would opt to lose a permanent tooth. Not only will it not return, but you will be left to sport a noticeable gap in your grin that also influences the quality of your oral function overall. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have made it possible to seek lifelike restorations in the event this occurs. Still, however, sometimes preliminary treatment is necessary, and our team can help. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS prosthodontist discusses the process of ridge and sinus augmentation, and what you can expect from treatment.
In the Event of Tooth Loss
From a young age, your parents, guardians, and even your pediatric dentist emphasized the importance of brushing your teeth. In fact, you probably brush, floss, and even use mouthwash consistently without even giving it a second thought. While it is important to establish a healthy routine, it is also imperative you revisit this regimen to ensure you are not becoming too lax or falling short in any one area.
Indeed, dental infections such as tooth decay and gum disease are actually more common than you think, and before you know it, you are presented with the difficult decision about what to do regarding a compromised tooth. Further, dental emergencies, accidents, and injuries can occur at any given time, meaning you may even be presented with this dilemma randomly.
In order to address the functional and cosmetic complications that arise from tooth loss, your dentist may recommend the use of implant dentistry. Keep in mind, however, that you must act with efficiency, otherwise you could experience jaw and ridge erosion. For more information about this process, give our team a call today.
Addressing Bone Erosion
You see, losing a tooth is more than a cosmetic complication: it impacts your bone structure as well. This is because your regular tooth root provides structural stability through a connection with your jaw. Further, this root presence stimulates the bone, allowing it to remain strong and supportive.
Without the presence of a root, your bone will gradually degrade or erode. In cases such as these, preliminary measures must be taken to rebuild structure. Give our team a call today to learn more.
Bone grafting is the process of rebuilding your bone structure using donor material. While your jaw bone (ridge) may be more straightforward to address, oftentimes teeth on the top row require sinus ridge augmentation to ensure there is plenty of room for the material.
Speak with Our Team
To learn more about the intricacies of bone grafting and sinus ridge treatment, contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 and schedule your next appointment with our office.