Dental Bone Grafting
Many factors can lead to the atrophy (shrinkage) of bone tissue in the jaw, including injury, disease, and tooth loss. For patients to be eligible to receive a dental implant, there must be adequate jawbone tissue. One common solution to jawbone recession is bone grafting, a procedure that uses donor tissue to repair a compromised area of the jaw. In many cases, the procedure is used to prepare patients for dental implants. Dr. Yani Dixon provides dental bone grafting at her Fort Lauderdale, FL, practice. Her holistic practice uses today's most advanced tools and techniques for results that benefit your smile and your overall health.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
When we lose our teeth, the bone tissue around the tooth slowly recedes. This is what leads to the sunken look frequently experienced by those who have been missing teeth for a long period of time. Bone grafts can:
- Replace missing teeth: When used in conjunction with dental implants, a successful bone graft can restore oral function and offer a permanent solution to tooth loss.
- Protect your smile after tooth loss: Packing a tooth socket with grafting material can prevent jawbone recession and leave you in a better position to receive a dental implant.
- Maintain your facial features: The dimensions of your jaw are essential to your unique facial features. Bone grafting can restore lost tissue to avoid a sunken appearance.
Am I A Good Candidate For Bone Grafting?
Candidates for bone grafting must be in good oral and overall health. Smoking and certain types of medications can compromise eligibility for this procedure. Patients should also have a realistic understanding of what to expect during the months-long recovery period. The new bone must be completely integrated before dental implants can be placed. Consult with Dr. Dixon if you have concerns regarding candidacy for this treatment.
How Bone Grafting Works
Dr. Dixon will thoroughly examine your jaw using digital x-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scanning systems. These will reveal the recessed areas and help her to plan your procedure.
In some cases, a bone graft will be placed in a tooth socket immediately following extraction. However, if you have been missing teeth for some time, the procedure will require creating an incision to access the jawbone. First, a local anesthetic will be administered. Other sedation options are available, depending on your pain sensitivity and Dr. Dixon’s recommendations. After incising the gum tissue, your dentist will place grafting material or donor tissue in the recessed area. The incisions will then be closed with sutures. The tissue will integrate with the jaw in three to six months. Dr. Dixon will monitor your recovery to determine when to proceed with dental implants.
Book a Consultation
Dr. Dixon has practiced dentistry since 2001, and she continues to pursue continuing education. Her use of holistic materials means you will not be exposed to harmful chemicals during your treatments. To learn if bone grafting can help you restore your smile, contact our office online or call (954) 320-0012.
“5 star dental office! Thank you Dr Yani and team for being so welcoming, reassuring and attentive to my needs. Overall a great experience!” Anna T.