The same “recycling” process happens inside your mouth. Sometimes this process is a good thing. Other times, when bone resorbs, reprocessed into your body from an edentulous space (an area with a missing tooth), it’s not. For instance, the jawbone’s adaptability allows orthodontists to move teeth into a better position with braces. But in the case of losing teeth, bone loss can create significant problems.
Periodontal disease is another way tooth-supporting bone is lost. Patients who suffer from partial or complete edentulism will witness notice changes in their facial structure, resulting in features that appear to sag, or an older appearance.
Bone grafting is all about reversing these unfortunate trends. The procedure involves building up the bone you’ve already lost. Doing so provides long-term health and esthetic benefits and also sets the stage for your dentist to complete additional treatments like placing dental implants.