A healthy jawbone is important for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow you to speak clearly and eat properly, it fills out your facial features, maintains your appearance and supplies support for your lower teeth. It is also necessary if you want to replace missing teeth with dental implants. If you have lost mass in your jaw, our dentist may suggest a bone graft in Fircrest, Washington.
Your jawbone can lose mass through some medical conditions, and its integrity can be affected by advanced gum disease. One of the most common causes of lost jawbone mass is missing teeth. When you eat, the pressure on the roots of your teeth stimulate the strength of the bone. When those teeth are lost or extracted, your jaw begins to deteriorate.
To address this issue, Dr. Brian Han can take a sample of bone from your body or from a tissue bank and graft it onto your jaw. In some cases, artificial bone material can be used. This treatment is often used prior to the placement of dental implants but can be used to replace jawbone lost to disease.
If you are considering dental implants or are concerned about the health of your jaw, call 253-843-6033 to schedule your appointment at Fircrest Family Dental.