There’s not just one cause of bone loss in the jaw. Patients experiencing this condition might have missing teeth, diabetes, infection, or overall poor health that has contributed to the loss of tissue in the jawbone. Over time, this can compromise the facial profile and also decrease the success rate for dental implants. One way to overcome these issues is with bone grafting from Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery, which can help restore lost tissue, improve the appearance of the face, and provide a stable base for dental implants.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that helps add bone density to the jaw in places where it has started to deteriorate. In cases of tooth loss or other medical conditions, the body often begins to reabsorb bone in the jaw, which can eventually cause sagging or lack of definition in the face.
Our doctors use the most advanced techniques for bone grafting which is as minimally invasive as possible and does not require a donor site. Once this new bone is in place, it will eventually bond with the jawbone, creating a solid and sturdy anchor point for dental implants.
What Is the Bone Grafting Process Like?
Before jumping into a bone grafting procedure, patients will first have an initial consultation with our doctors. They will take in office 3D X-rays to get a closer look at the jawbone and adjacent structures as well as perform a physical examination of the mouth to make sure it’s healthy enough for such a procedure. Using this information, they’ll concoct a treatment plan customized to the patient’s exact needs.
When it comes time for the procedure, all patients are given an anesthetic to ensure they feel no pain. Our doctors will make an incision into the gums to reach the jaw underneath, and then they’ll place the new bone material where it needs to go. To finish off, they’ll place a tissue membrane on top of the new bone to hold it in place.
What Happens After Bone Grafting?
Immediately after the procedure, most patients experience a bit of swelling and tenderness at the incision sites, but this is minimal and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. In about a week, they’ll come back to the office for a follow-up appointment to make sure everything is progressing as it should.
Patients have to wait about three months for the new bone to fully bond with the jaw, after which they’ll be ready for dental implants if that’s the next step in their treatment.
Choose Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery for Your Bone Grafting Needs
When you choose the oral surgeons at Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery for your bone grafting needs, you’ll be trusting yourself to some of the best experts in the area. Our doctors use cutting-edge research and technology to ensure your bone grafting procedure is a success.
Throughout the process, you’ll receive personal and attentive care specialized for your needs. Ready to get started? Give us a call today at (571) 595-3223 to learn more.