Different oral surgery procedures can address a wide range of concerns with your oral structures, most of which can have complex impacts on several different aspects of your oral health. However, when it comes to the strength, health, and integrity of your jawbone structure, the range of these impacts can often be more significant. As the foundation of your smile, your jawbone needs to be in good health for the rest of your oral structures to enjoy the support that it’s meant to provide. Today, we examine how jawbone grafting may play a substantial role in restoring your smile if this structure is compromised.
Your smile’s upper and lower foundation
Your lower jawbone, or mandible, and upper jawbone, or maxilla, are the bedrock in which your teeth’s roots are embedded. This foundation provides structural support for your teeth as you bite and chew, is the source of the minerals and nutrients that your teeth need, and is intricately connected to many other oral and facial structures. Because of this, several different oral health concerns may impact your jawbone’s health and integrity, and addressing them may be essential to restoring and preserving your good oral health status.
The importance of your jawbone integrity
Being the foundation of your smile means that your jawbone is one of the more complex structures of your smile and bite function. It also means that several different types of oral health concerns can impact it. For example, if you develop severe periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease), then the erosion the condition causes to your gum tissues can extend to the jawbone structure underneath them. This can cause the jawbone to lose mass and density, as well as its ability to successfully support all of your natural teeth.
The role grafting can play in rebuilding your smile
In addition to severe gum disease, tooth loss can also have a significantly negative impact on your jawbone’s health and integrity. This can be traced back to your jawbone’s reaction to the loss of your teeth roots, which are meant to provide the stimulation that facilitates a healthy flow of nutrients to your upper and lower jawbone. When addressing severe periodontal disease or replacing lost teeth roots with dental implants, the status of your jawbone structure can be a significant concern. To address it, you may benefit from jawbone grafting as part of your overall smile restoration plan.
Learn if you can benefit from jawbone grafting
If your oral health condition has impacted your upper or lower jawbone’s health and integrity, then jawbone grafting might be an important role in rebuilding your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.