Bone Grafting

Correcting Bone Loss With Bone Grafting Procedures

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Bone loss around the teeth as a result of progressive disease, infection, or trauma is a common experience for many patients. However, bone loss can limit our ability to restore your smile using methods like dental implants or implant-supported dentures.

To correct this, we offer bone augmentation and bone grafting procedures to replace lost bone. Bone grafting can also restore the proper facial contours where bone is missing in the front of the mouth.

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Bone Loss Occurs Immediately After Tooth Loss

Bone loss in the jaw bone is common when one or more teeth have been lost due to injury, decay, or trauma. Without the tooth in place to stimulate the jaw bone, the bone around the missing tooth begins to deteriorate.

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This is why dental implants can make such a huge difference for not only your smile, but also the health of your jaw and existing bone density. Dr. Penhaskashi and our dental team work hard to keep you and your oral health our top priority.

We’ve seen the benefits dental implants give our patients, and we want all our patients to be able to enjoy those benefits. Your smile can be restored and your bone density can be preserved and enhanced with a bone grafting treatment.

Bone Grafting for Better Results

That’s why we offer bone grafting to patients who otherwise wouldn’t have enough existing bone to handle a dental implant. Once this important need is addressed, you’ll be ready for implant restoration.

Following bone grafting, you can have your smile aesthetically enhanced with our cosmetic dental treatments. If you have questions about any of our treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also schedule an appointment through our online form.

Bone Grafting in Encino, CA

Bone loss in the jaw bone can be common when one or more teeth have been lost due to injury, decay, or trauma. Bone around the missing tooth can deteriorate over time without the tooth in place to stimulate growth.

The jaw bone may deteriorate to such an extent that there may not be enough bone to place dental implants. In cases such as these, your dentist may recommend having a bone grafting procedure by an experienced doctor.

Bone grafting is the replacement or augmentation of missing bone around the teeth and in areas where teeth have been lost. We often recommend bone grafting prior to certain treatments, such as a dental implant procedure.

Three types of bone graft procedures exist: autogenous, allograft, and xenograft.

Autogenous

Autogenous grafts take bone from one area of the patient’s body and transplant it to the location in the mouth being restored. The bone is usually taken from nonessential bones such as the chin area.

Benefits of Utilizing Your Own Tissues

The benefit of an autogenous bone graft is that the bone used comes solely from the patient, thus reducing the likelihood of rejection and infection. The bone is also still “live”, meaning it still has active cellular material.

Allograft

Allografts also use human bone transplanted to the area in the mouth being restored. However, allografts do not use the patient’s own bone. Instead, the bone usually comes from cadaver bone donated to bone banks. All allograft bone material is carefully screened and is considered safe.

Xenograft

Xenografts also replace bone in the area requiring treatment, though the bone comes from a non-human source. Usually the non-human source is bovine, or cow.

Allografts and xenografts are used because they do not require a second surgical site to harvest bone, and ample amounts of bone can be easily attained. Xenografts are often preferred when extra bone is needed to proceed with a dental implant procedure.

The Procedure

Step 1

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area where the bone will be removed as well as the location where the bone will be augmented. An incision is made in the gums around where the bone will be augmented. This is done so that the doctor can see exactly how much bone will be needed before harvesting it from the patient if an autogenous graft is being performed.

Step 2

Next, the doctor will make a cut in the gums below the lower front teeth in order to expose the chin bone. Your doctor will then remove a part of the bone along with any bone marrow. This incision is then closed with stitches.

Step 3

The bone removed from the chin will then be anchored in place to the jaw bone with small titanium screws. The doctor may place a mixture of your bone marrow and some bone grafting material around the bone graft to help speed healing. The incision is then closed with stitches. Your dental implant procedure will not take place until your mouth has healed completely.

Step 4

After the procedure you will likely be given antibiotics as well as pain medication. You will be asked to follow a restricted diet of soft foods such as pastas, mashed potatoes, and applesauce for a short time following your bone grafting procedure. Recovery lasts about six to nine months following the bone graft. Once that period of time has passed, your doctor will be able to perform your dental implant procedure.

Bone Grafting Done Right with West Valley Implant Dental Practice

Dental implants transform smiles and change lives. They restore gaps in your smile and stimulate necessary and needed bone growth in your jaw.

Don’t let a lack of bone density stop you from enjoying the benefits of implants. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to discover the correct course of treatment for your situation. With our experienced dental team, you can trust that you’ll be ready to have dental implants placed in no time.

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