Losing teeth can be difficult not only for the way you look, but for the function of your mouth. When there are one or more teeth missing, it creates a gap in the jawbone that can cause problems with your overall health and appearance. The gap in the jawbone can cause the bone in the area to deteriorate and resorb because there is no longer a tooth present to be anchored into place. Some other reasons for jawbone loss can be due to periodontal disease, trauma, dentures, misalignment, and developmental deformities. Some problems bone loss can cause are jaw pain, TMJ pain, changes in facial structure, changes in speech, and changes in eating habits.
When the jawbone as deteriorated, the bone can be replaced by using bone grafts. During a bone graft, bone can be taken from elsewhere in your body (Autogenous Bone Graft), from a cadaver where the bone is dead (Allogenic Bone Graft) or from bone from another species (Xenogenic Bone Graft).
Obtaining a bone graft can help replace bone that is missing or resorbed so that you can have an implant placed in the area where a tooth has been lost. It also help restore the structure of the bone and give a better appearance.