Dr. Elliot Neuman and Dr. Douglas Neuman along with our periodontal team have successfully helped patients in Lexington, Kentucky replace bone loss to the jaw. At Bluegrass Periodontics, we have seen how a bone loss to the jaw can affect your smile and facial appearance.Under normal conditions, healthy jaw bone growth is stimulated by the force of the teeth as you chew your food. This stimulation is prevented from occurring when teeth are lost. In fact, the width of the jawbone can be reduced by 25% in the first year alone after a tooth is lost.
Under routine conditions, healthy jaw bone growth is generated by the force of the teeth when chewing food. This jaw bone stimulation doesn’t happen when teeth are lost. In fact, were you aware that the width of the jawbone can be reduced by 25% in the first year alone after a tooth is lost? Well, it’s true!
No matter what the cause of tooth loss–gum disease, tooth decay or an unforeseen injury to the mouth–a bone graft can effectively maintain the healthy bone structure even after a tooth is lost. This is important because the jaw and facial bones support the muscles in the face and skin that helps maintain a youthful appearance. So what happens when you lose jawbone material? You can look prematurely aged.
Indeed, bone-grafting allows our periodontists, Dr. Elliot Neuman and Dr. Douglas Neuman to also improve the appearance and function of potential future restoration procedures, including dental crowns, dental implants, dentures, and fixed bridgework.
If you would like more information about how bone grafting may benefit your smile, please reach out to our team to schedule a consultation by calling 859-252-7726 today. We are pleased to be able to help you preserve your healthy, beautiful smile in Lexington, Kentucky.