Your upper and lower dental ridges are the foundations of your smile. With one or more teeth missing, the jawbone structure can begin to lose density due to a lack of stimulation from all of your natural teeth roots. Dental ridge and socket preservation can be achieved through a variety of surgical procedures, such as bone grafting and sinus augmentation, to help prevent jawbone resorption. Ridge preservation can also help prepare a weakened jawbone for dental implant placement, allowing the bone to successfully receive and support the implant posts.
Preserving Your Smile After Tooth Loss
If you have one or more teeth that require extraction, then socket preservation may include fortifying the empty tooth sockets with bone and a biocompatible barrier membrane. The membrane protects the graft until you replace the tooth root with a dental implant post, helping to ensure a strong jawbone and success of your dental implant placement. If it’s been several or more years since you’ve your teeth were lost or extracted, then a bone graft or sinus augmentation can rebuild the bone’s strength.
Along with making dental implants available to a wider variety of people, ridge and socket preservation give your smile and facial features a fuller, more youthful appearance. As jawbone resorption progresses, your jaw and cheekbones can begin to “sink in,” creating a more aged appearance. Bone grafting builds the jawbone and surrounding facial structures back up, and replacing your lost teeth with dental implants can create lifelong benefits, both functionally and esthetically.
Call Dr. Caytlyn Bonura at Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM!
As a true family dentist, Dr. Caytlyn Bonura offers caring, patient-centered dentistry in a welcoming, comfortable environment. From young children to teens, and adults of all ages, Silver Smiles offers a comprehensive list of family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services that are tailored to your specific needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.