The alignment of your teeth is a well-known factor in your bite’s performance, as well as your smile’s appearance. However, so are the symmetry and alignment of your jawbone, which can significantly impact several factors of your oral health. In some cases, a congenital condition such as improper jawbone growth can lead to one side of your jaw being shorter or smaller than the other. In others, a severe injury or degradation of the bone can lead to similar, increasingly worse bite complications. To address these issues, we can often perform jawbone surgery or grafting to correct the bone’s symmetry or build up its structure, depending on your specific needs.
Correcting Symmetrical Issues
Your jaw works by hinging and pivoting on two large, complex joints known as temporomandibular joints (TMJs), one on each side of your face. As your jawbone opens and closes, your TMJs move together with the movement. If your jawbone is uneven, however, then the joints will have trouble keeping up with each other and the stress can lead to chronic pain in your jaw and facial muscles. To avoid the pain and bite complications from growing worse, you can correct your jawbone’s symmetry with personalized oral surgery.
Bone Grafting for Implant Placement
When you experience severe periodontal disease, an injury to your jawbone, or the loss of one or more teeth, your jawbone can gradually lose some of its mass and density. Left unchecked, this can affect the symmetry of your jaw and your bite’s overall function. It can also increase your risk of tooth loss due to insufficient jawbone support, and impact your candidacy for dental implant placement. In addition to ensuring that your teeth and oral tissues are healthy, we’ll make sure you haven’t lost significant jawbone density before recommending implants. If you have, then jawbone grafting can strengthen the bone and provide more mass to support your dental implant posts.
Learn More About Jawbone Surgery and Grafting
With a customized jawbone surgery or grafting procedure, you can better ensure your good oral health by ensuring your jawbone maintains its strength and symmetry. To learn more, schedule a consultation with our experts by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.