Dr. Julia Gorelik at Gorelik Dentistry has seen how bone loss to the jaw can be a serious consequence of missing teeth for patients in Charlotte, North Carolina. In fact, bone loss can begin when teeth are lost, whether to decay, trauma, or extraction. How does this happen?
How does this happen? Losing a tooth essentially results in a loss of the natural stimulation for bone growth. This bone growth is normally stimulated by the force of the teeth during chewing. When chewing can no longer happen because of missing teeth, the width of the bone may be lowered by 25% in the first year.
Whether you have experienced tooth loss, gum disease or injury to the face, Dr. Gorelik’s bone grafting procedure can effectively maintain your bone structure. Why is this important? Cosmetically, your jaw and facial bones support your facial muscle and skin and therefore, your appearance. Bone loss can result in your facial appearance to look prematurely aged. Restoratively, bone loss can affect procedures including dental implants which need to have the bone material at is original size and location to achieve the best outcome.
Bone-grafting allows Dr. Gorelik to improve the look and function of restoration procedures. This includes our metal-free crowns, implants, and dentures, not to mention limiting potential future issues that can arise from bone loss. Proper bone replacement grafts 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 you have any questions or would like to visit with Dr. Julia Gorelik, please call our team at 704-553-1627 today. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams in Charlotte, North Carolina.