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
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"I had a great experience with Dr. Ross and his Team at City Smiles. I was recommended to Dr. Ross to have 2 crowns done on front teeth that were in bad shape. While my regular Dentist was "ok" for the regular checkups, I was looking for someone that was really among the best in high quality serious dental procedures. Before I get into the results, I want to comment on the professional high end ambiance and service that was there at every step of this experience. Dr. Ross personally took a good amount of time to examine my teeth and fully explain his plan to make my teeth look and work like new again. I was pleased that the both teeth were done in one trip - abiet a 3 hour appointment. The color match is perfect, and Love the idea of lots of big grins and smiles. This truely was a 5 star experience."- M.D. / Google / Jul 23, 2017
"I went to see Dr. Ross on the recommendation of a friend after I had a horrible experience with another dentist. That was over 10 years ago. I've recommended him to several other people who have been happy as well. Friendly, competent staff who treat their patients well! Thanks for all you do to make the experience positive."- J.S. / Yelp / Jul 18, 2017
"Dr. Ross came recommended to me by a friend's family dentist, and I couldn't be happier with the service I receive. Not only do Dr. Ross and his staff make sure you're comfortable and take the time to go over what you're looking for with your dental health/provider, they also go above and beyond to address specific areas of concern. Dr. Ross clearly is incredibly experienced in dentistry and keeps abreast of the latest technology, while also being personally invested in his patients. He provides his professional expertise but also works with you to plan out your care based on your specific needs, priorities, or limitations. Also, I have incredibly sensitive teeth, and his staff checked in every step of the way to make sure I was comfortable and adjusted their approach as necessary. They are so gentle and thorough with cleanings--first cleaning I actually enjoyed! If you are someone who is anxious or had a difficult history with your teeth, or just looking for a great cleaning, I couldn't recommend him/his team more!"- A.G. / Google / May 29, 2017
"My experience with Dr.Ross, Melissa, Jennifer and Tina was great. On my first appointment I came with my 2 yr old because I couldn't find a babysitter in time and everyone was very accommodating. Dr.Ross' wife even played with him while I used the restroom! Wonderful team wonderful service! Also my dental work is amazing, highly recommended."- S.G. / Yelp / May 27, 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
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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.