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Bone Grafting

Dental implants are the leading solution for those who are missing one or more teeth. With implants, it’s even possible to restore a full arch of missing teeth, or both, with beautiful teeth that mirror the appearance of natural teeth. Receiving implants does require a jawbone that’s capable of holding the titanium screw that secures the implant in place. So what happens when your jawbone has degraded from a long period without teeth or from other medical conditions? You may be eligible for a bone graft to help restore the strength of your bone enough to secure a dental implant in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants are an amazing solution to missing teeth, but they do require sufficient bone to secure them. When we have teeth extracted, the jawbone begins undergoing a natural process whereby bone mass is lost since its no longer necessary to secure the root in place. With enough lost teeth and time, there may be too little bone left to secure the implant in place. This isn’t the only situation that can result in the need for a bone graft.

Bone grafts can also become necessary as the result of medical conditions such as osteoporosis, or as the result of treatments that deplete bone mass. Periodontal disease is another potential cause of needing a bone graft. Advanced periodontal disease can attack the jawbone, causing it to slowly break down under the assault of bacteria and the acid they produce. If this advances far enough, a bone graft may be the only way to restore enough durability to hold an implant. All signs of periodontal disease must be eliminated before a bone graft can take place.

In most cases, the source of the bone material used in the graft will be elsewhere in your own body, often being taken from the iliac ridge, your hip bone. Artificial bone graft material is also available, and cadaver sourced bone material is also sometimes used. Your own body is the best source for material for a bone graft as there is no chance of rejection, and the living bone will naturally try to heal itself.

Receiving a bone graft typically results in a minimal amount of discomfort. This discomfort is isolated to the graft site and the site where the material was removed from your body. It is usually possible to manage it with the use of over-the-counter medication.

If you’re considering getting implants and are concerned that your jaw may lack sufficient strength to retain them, contact us for an appointment today. With a call to Perio & Implant of Washington Metro at 202-737-1850, you’ll be scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jean Li. Their staff will ensure you get an appointment that is convenient for your schedule and will help you prepare for your visit by telling you what to bring with you. You can even prepare ahead of time by filling out the patient intake paperwork before you arrive! We look forward to serving you!

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