By Ottawa Smiles Dental
May 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Bone GraftsAre you worried that you may not be able to visit your dentist at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland for dental implants because your jawbone is too small or frail? Have chewing and speaking become uncomfortable or painful because of a decaying jaw? If so, visiting a dentist at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland for a bone graft is one great way to improve your appearance and your oral health.

What Causes a Weakened Jaw Bone?

Jawbones can decay or weaken over time due to a variety of factors. For example, gum disease, tooth development defects, facial injury or trauma, and missing teeth can all lead to a weakened jaw bone. Wearing dentures without implants for an extended period of time or having an incomplete dental procedure can lead to jaw weakening as well.
 
What is Bone Grafting and How Can It Help?
 
The good news, however, is that your jawbone can be strengthened once again with bone grafting. Bone grafting is a process by which a small piece of bone, either from another part of your body or from a donor, is used to restore your current jawbone. The result is a stronger jawbone that can keep up with the constant demands of talking, eating and keeping your current teeth or dental implants in place.
 
What Are the Benefits of Bone Grafting?
 
In addition to strengthening your jaw for dental implants, bone grafting offers several other health benefits. For example, it can restore a jawbone after periodontal disease, reduce or eliminate soft-tissue pain and muscle dysfunction, and greatly improve the functionality of crowns and dentures. It can even improve your appearance by better supporting your teeth and facial structures.
 
The healing time for a bone graft can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, but the final results make the procedure well worth it. Not only will you restore your dental health and functionality, but you'll look and feel amazing as well.
 
If you think your jaw bone may be weak or fragile, talk to your dentist at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland today.

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