Jawbone Grafts and Sinus Lifts
After years of missing one or more teeth, your jawbone can lose a significant amount of mass and density. That’s because your jawbone relies on the stimulation of your dental roots to maintain a steady supply of necessary nutrients. The good news is that dental implants simulate your roots and stem jawbone degradation; however, if you’ve already lost jawbone density, then you may not immediately qualify for implant placement.
To rebuild your jawbone in preparation for dental implants, Dr. Richards can recommend a jawbone graft in the form of ridge augmentation or a sinus lift. Jawbone grafting fortifies your upper or lower jaw so it can successfully receive and support one or more dental implant posts.
The Benefits of Dental Ridge Augmentation
Fortifying your jawbone through ridge augmentation can help you enjoy the benefits of dental implants even if you’ve already lost a significant amount of jawbone density. It can also help you revitalize and preserve your facial structures in addition to your smile.