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Dr. Lawrence Wu at NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics is happy to offer bone augmentation, or bone grafting, for patients with jaw bone loss in San Jose, California. If you are experiencing bone loss density stemming from such oral issues as tooth loss, trauma or gum disease, a bone graft procedure might be necessary to rebuild your healthy smile.

The bone density in your jaw is normally maintained by the stimulating chewing action of your teeth. When a natural tooth is lost, however, this necessary stimulation is halted, impacting jaw bone growth. Bone density is detrimentally affected as the width of the jaw bone can potentially be diminished by 25% in the first year of losing a natural tooth.

Your healthy jawbone also supports the muscles in your face and the skin over it. Without proper supportive bone, your face can appear to be prematurely aged.

Dental implants can also be detrimentally affected when there is insufficient bone material in the jaw because there needs to be enough bone to support the implant properly. A bone augmentation procedure allows Dr. Lawrence Wu to improve the success of restoration procedures such as crowns, dentures, and fixed bridgework.

If you have experienced loss of bone density in your jaw, our bone graft is an ideal way to restore the jaw. To perform the graft, Dr. Lawrence Wu may take a piece of bone from another section of your jaw or your body (such as your hip or shin) and place it into the jawbone. Bone can also be derived from other sources, including artificial bone to build up your jawbone.

If you are looking to restore your smile and would like to find out if a bone graft is the right option for you, we invite you to schedule a visit with our team by calling 408-266-2800 today. At NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics, we look forward to helping you create the smile of your dreams in San Jose, California!