Tooth loss causes the jaw bone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, an appearance of general aging. In this case, it may not be possible to regain the original look of your mouth because of spaces that remain under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth. These indentations may also result in food collection beneath bridges or partials.
Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either a dental implant or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.
If an indentation has already occurred, bone and/or gum tissue grafting can help restore the natural shape of your jaw line.