Restore Your Candidacy for Implants with a Dental Bone Graft
Tissue loss in the jaw bone is a common side effect of missing teeth. When left untreated, this bone loss can affect your facial appearance, threaten the stability of remaining teeth, and compromise your ability to receive dental implants. At Colorado Premier Dental in Lakewood, CO, Dr. Brian Polidori can perform a dental bone graft to strengthen the jaw and restore your candidacy for dental implants. He also offers all stages of implant treatment to replace missing teeth for a healthier and more aesthetic smile.
Understanding How Bone Grafts Work
During a bone graft procedure, Dr. Polidori places grafting material in areas where tissue has been lost. The material, which can be made up of your own tissue, donated bone, or a synthetic substitute, acts as a framework for nearby bone and encourages tissue regeneration. Over time, the new bone tissue replaces the grafted material and creates a stable base in which to place implants.
Dental bone grafts have several uses. Dr. Polidori may recommend a bone graft to:
- Save permanent teeth: Tooth roots are surrounded on all sides by bone. Left unchecked, tissue loss can affect the stability of otherwise healthy teeth. A graft can rebuild the supporting structures of a tooth and prevent further tooth loss.
- Maintain the shape of your jaw: In many cases, grafts are used after a tooth extraction to prevent tissue loss from occurring and make replacing the extracted tooth easier in the future.
- Improve implant results: Dental implants rely on surrounding bone tissue for support. Placing a bone graft before an implant can help ensure there is a sufficient amount of healthy tissue for the implant to fuse successfully.
What to Expect during Treatment
Before recommending a bone graft, we will first take x-rays and scans of your jaw to assess the degree of recession. Dr. Polidori uses an advanced 3-D CAT scan for the most precise treatment planning. The doctor will also examine your oral health and discuss your goals with you. We can provide you with a customized cost estimate and information about sedation and other aspects of the grafting procedure during your consultation.
Dr. Polidori uses advanced diagnostic imaging and can perform all stages of your dental implants treatment in-office.
On the day of treatment, we will provide you with a local anesthetic and the type of sedation you requested. Then, Dr. Polidori will create a small incision into your gums to access the treatment area. The amount of tissue you have lost and the location of the recession will determine which type of graft you receive. Dr. Polidori will carefully place the grafting material and then close the incisions.
Recovering after a Bone Graft
We typically recommend patients rest for the first day or two after their dental bone graft. You will likely feel some soreness in the area. Most patients are able to manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. Make sure to follow all of Dr. Polidori’s instructions carefully as you heal.
Depending on the type of graft you receive, it may take three to nine months before Dr. Polidori can place your implants. We will carefully monitor your healing to ensure there are no complications. Once your graft has fully healed, we can schedule your implant placement surgery so you can finish restoring your smile.
Rebuild Your Jaw
Tissue loss in your jaw can have a serious impact on your overall oral health. A dental bone graft from our team at Colorado Premier Dental can restore lost tissue and create a strong foundation for dental implants. Find out more about this treatment by calling (303) 935-3465 or contacting us online today.