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
"I haven't been to this office, but I had my invisalign done in Boston by Dr. Olga Spivak, who recently moved to City Smiles in DC - so I trust it must be a great place. Dr. Spivak guided me through the occasionally challenging process of fixing my bite, with an excellent result. I come from a heritage of terrible teeth so not an easy job. She's a great mix of kind and thoughtful with effective and pragmatic. A friend but also highly professional, both with clients and fellow staff. Wish she hadn't left! For the record, I asked for her new office so I could post a review, and I write them seldom. Totally unsolicited."- C.B. / Google / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I just returned from City Smiles and I can't express how happy (and relieved) I am with Dr. Ross and his wonderful team. I'm another one of those terrified about going to the dentist and neglected my teeth for far too long. When I had a major problem last Friday night, my husband (who has been a long-time patient) called Dr. Ross, who fit us in when he didn't have office hours on Saturday. He took his time to explain everything to me and did not make me feel neglectful or embarrassed. His bedside manner is the best I've seen with any doctor. Today, he and Deneen and Ashley took excellent care of me and I know I'll be a regular patient going forward. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Dr. Ross and everyone at City Smiles!"- J.B. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2019
"Semi-Annual Cleaning Appointment - I have been coming to see Dr. Ross and his team for 28 years and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I hope he will be around for another 28 years"- R.M. / RateABiz / Feb 08, 2019
"Highly, highly recommend City Smiles! Dr. Ross was so personable and thoroughly explained his process. He was very informative and answered all my questions. The staff was incredible as well. Very helpful in regards to insurance questions and dealing with the insurance provider."- M.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2019
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.