Bone Grafting in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
Bone grafts can restore facial contours and allow placement of implants or implant supported dentures.
Many people experience some level of bone loss around missing teeth as a result of gum disease, progressive health issues, or trauma to the mouth. Bone loss can limit options for tooth replacement procedures such as dental implants or dentures, but a bone graft can help to restore lost bone and restore facial contours.
Bone Loss After Tooth Loss
Whether teeth are lost because of tooth decay, an accident, or gum disease, the jaw begins to lose bone as soon as the tooth is no longer present. Since there is no tooth in place to stimulate the jaw bone, the bone tissue deteriorates rapidly and doesn’t regenerate itself.
Over time, you may lose so much bone that there is not enough available to support dental implants. Implant dentists Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge may recommend a bone grafting procedure to ensure that there is enough bone for dental implant placement.
How Bone Grafting Works
A bone graft replaces missing bone around the tooth and may be recommended before a dental implant procedure. There are three types of bone grafts:
Autogenous grafts involve transplanting bone from one area of the body to the mouth. The bone may be taken from the chin or other areas with nonessential bone.
Allografts involve transplanting bone to the mouth using tissue from a bone bank. The material is screened for safety before placement.
Xenografts are obtained from a nonhuman source, such as a cow. These are often utilized when a patient does not have enough bone available for a successful dental implant procedure.
The Bone Graft Procedure
The bone graft procedure is performed under local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the gums where the bone will be augmented. Bone and marrow will be removed from the chin, if an autogenous graft is being performed. For the other types of grafts, the sourced material is applied directly to the area being treated.
All incisions will be closed with small stitches. A dental implant can be placed after the mouth has healed completely and the bone has fully integrated, strengthening the jaw.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can enable those with bone loss to receive dental implants. It can also be used for patients who plan on dentures but have suffered bone loss over a period of years leading to a sunken cheeked look.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.