If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, your oral health can suffer in many ways beyond mere aesthetics. Gaps in your smile are also gaps in your bite. When the bone structure in your mouth is no longer stimulated in the same way because of either missing teeth, ill-fitting dentures, trauma, or periodontal disease, the result is the loss of bone density. In just six months after a tooth is lost or extracted, most of the supporting bone is reabsorbed, leading to changes in form and function and, in some cases, changes in your facial appearance.
Dr. Wilson has a potential solution to this problem in the form of bone grafting ― the replacement or augmentation of the bone around the teeth. A bone grafting procedure can correct this problem, readying your smile for corrective prostheses and improving your appearance. Talk to Dr. Wilson about whether or not bone grafting can help restore your smile and your self-esteem.