About Bone Grafting
It is not abnormal for a patient to have insufficient jawbone or gum tissue to support a dental implant. When this occurs, our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, has options available for patients to regain their candidacy for implantology. Our bone grafts are performed to produce new bone in the jaw. When a tooth is extracted, the jawbone begins to recede, decreasing in height and width over time. The bone graft will thicken the area so that a dental implant can be placed. If the patient's own bone cannot be used, natural bone material is harvested from animals (xenografts), and then introduced into the patient’s jaw as a base. The body is then tricked into thinking this base material is its own natural bone, and further production of bone is stimulated. At City Smiles DC, we offer many choices in bone grafts that are all considered safe and effective, including donor bone from other parts of the patient’s body, synthetic bone grafts, and more.
Reasons for this Surgery
At City Smiles DC, we see patients for horizontal bone augmentation surgery to:
- Increase the width of the jawbone
- Augment the ridge of the jawbone
- Prepare the bone for a dental implant
- Correct a congenital defect, an injury, or a facial trauma
"This review only contains a rating"- A.P. / Google / Mar 19, 2017
"I've been seeing Dr. Ross for thirty years. He is extremely talented and professional. He takes his time to makes every procedure as comfortable and pain-free as is possible. Very friendly staff give out free M&Ms. What's not to love?"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"Not a big fan of going to the dentist, but even cleanings are a treat at City Smiles. Dr. Ross is up on all the latest tech and makes the experience pretty darn comfortable. I recently had to have a crown replaced and while this has been an ordeal at other dentists, the afternoon I spent was really great. Cozy blankets, eye protectors, a place for your stuff while you're waiting for the crown to cook, any kind of music you want, and just an overall very relaxing experience, all things considered. I've been going to Dr. Ross since I moved to DC about 4 years ago and he and his team are the best."- D.H. / Yelp / Sep 24, 2017
"Dr. Ross is a dental artist! He beautifully repaired our teenage son’s broken front tooth, eased fears, and explained the longer term plan and how the tooth will change with maturity. It is such a relief to have the excellent team at City Smiles caring for our family. I have been a happy client for more than 25 years."- J.B. / Google / Sep 18, 2017
"This was an excellent experience. The staff was kind. The doctor was very thorough. He took away pain I was having from another dental facility. It is clean and neat. I highly recommend City Smile in DC."- L.S. / Google / Sep 04, 2017
What to Expect
You can expect a thorough examination during your consultation process, which will include diagnostic imaging in our office. Once it is determined that you need a bone graft, our dentist will need to determine where the bone tissue will come from, which could be from your own body, or an animal (xenograft). During your procedure, the area will be numbed, and the dentist will cut the gums open so that the augmentation tissue can be inserted in with the existing bone. The incision will then be sutured closed. The treatment area will have to heal before the next stage of restoration can begin, and the graft can infuse itself into the jaw.
You may experience sensitivity and pain after the bone graft, and our dentist may give you a prescription for antibiotics to stop infections, and/or an antibacterial mouthwash to use during your recovery. We ask that you consume a liquid or soft diet until you can tolerate regular food again, and do not put unnecessary pressure on the grafted area. We will schedule follow-up appointments to check the progress of your graft, and allow 6 – 9 months for the tissues to strengthen the bone enough for a dental implant.
Plan Your Procedure
- Procedure Recovery Location
Augment Your Jawbone
If you have a naturally slim jaw bone, or tooth decay and gum disease has damaged you bone (usually after a tooth extraction), we can correct the area with a bone graft at our office in Washington, DC. This procedure provides a wider foundation for the placement of a restorative dental implant. If you would like to learn more, please call our office for an appointment with Dr. Ross.