|In light of the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, our practice, City Smiles DC, will follow the American Dental Association (ADA) and Local DC Government guidelines.
Effective 5 PM, March 17, 2020, through April 3, 2020, our office will be closed to elective procedures (hygiene appointments, fillings, etc.). We will reopen at 8 am on April 6, 2020.
Here at City Smiles DC we offer bone regeneration for those who suffer from trauma or periodontitis. We can reshape, as well as to replace damaged bones for both physical and aesthetic reasons. Thanks to bone regeneration, we can confidently promise our patients the healthiest and most beautiful smile.
Causes of Bone Loss in Jaw
Bone regeneration isn’t an ideal option for every patient. However, we do recommend it as a permanent solution for those with severe issues. For example, we commonly use the procedure before dental implant placement for those with a damaged jawbone density, to maximize the potential for successful placement.
Furthermore, we also opt for bone regeneration for patients who lost their teeth due to periodontal disease, injuries or decay. If one or several teeth are missing, the jawbone below those teeth will shrink causing discomfort and, in some cases, visibly deforming the appearance of the jaw. In this case, bone regeneration prevents loss of bone density ensuring that your jaw stays intact and doesn’t change shape.
The Procedure: Bone Grafting
The most common patients for bone regeneration are those who are going to the dental implant procedure. When a patient with a lost tooth, bone defect or any of the afformentioned issues arrives at our clinic, we will usually recommend dental implants.
Dental implants are best explained as an artificial tooth root that we place into the jaw. Its main task is to hold the replacement tooth in place. These implants don’t cause any discomfort and look completely natural. Another perk of implants is that they may assist in preserving your other teeth, since they are standing for themselves, not using the neighboring teeth as support.
In some cases, bone grafting is a required preparatory step for dental implants. This bone regeneration procedure is used to enlarge the ridge, so it can effectively support the dental implant. We also sometimes use this technique to repair defects in ridges or to restore tooth strength. It is essentially a process where we remove a small piece of bone from another part of your body to transplant it into your jawbone. In some cases, a tissue bank or an animal source can also be used, and they are just as successful.
After the Procedure
After the bone regeneration procedure is completed, you may feel some discomfort for a short period. This usually comes in the form of skin or gum swelling, bleeding or bruising. We also recommend you to restrict your diet, especially in the first days of your healing period. You should avoid eating hard foods as they could affect the healing process significantly.
The transplanted bone can take several months to heal and to stimulate a new bone to grow. When the new bone grows, it will replace the bone graft which will then break down and pass out through blood.
Bone regeneration may seem like an uncomfortable and even scary process, but we will make sure that you feel as little discomfort as possible. If you want to know more about this procedure or are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact our clinic City Smiles DC at (202) 539-9499.