It is not abnormal for a patient to have insufficient jawbone or gum tissue to support a dental implant. When this occurs, our 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:
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.
AUGMENT YOUR JAWBONE
If you have a naturally slim jawbone or tooth decay, and gum disease has damaged your bone (usually after 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.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you would like to learn more, please call our office at (202) 539-9499 for an appointment with Dr. Ross.