Dr. Mitchel and our team at Olson Dental Care have seen how bone loss to the jaw can result from missing teeth for our patients in Bloomington, Minnesota. When it comes to missing teeth, bone loss essentially begins as soon as you lose a tooth. So why does this happen?
Normally, bone growth is stimulated by the force of the teeth when you chew. This process is halted when teeth are lost, and the result can be dramatic. The width of the bone can reduce by 25% in the first year alone after tooth loss. So why do teeth go missing?
Teeth can be lost due to a variety of issues: for example, you can lose teeth to gum disease, decay, or injury. But there is help. Our bone grafting procedure can effectively maintain your bone structure even after a tooth is lost. This is important because your jaw and facial bones support your facial muscle and skin maintain your appearance. Bone loss can make you look prematurely aged.
Bone loss can also affect dental procedures such as dental implants. Implants require bone material at is original size and location to achieve the best outcome. Bone-grafting allows our dentist to improve the look and function of several future restoration procedures including crowns, implants, dentures, and even preserve your facial structure for the health and look of fixed bridgework.
Would you like to know more about how bone grafting can restore your healthy, beautiful smile? If so, we invite you to visit with Dr. Mitchel, by scheduling an appointment at 952-884-1308 today. We look forward to helping you preserve your healthy, beautiful smile in Bloomington, Minnesota.