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Bone Grafting for a Stronger Jaw

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that can improve jawbone strength and correct bone defects. Bone grafting is often performed as a preparatory procedure for dental implant placement, but can also be used to improve oral function or facial aesthetics. Dr. Stephen Brown at Affordable Dental Clinics can perform safe and effective bone grafting procedures for patients in the Greeley, CO, area. Providing high-quality restorative dentistry services, Dr. Brown will work with you on selecting and planning the best solution for your needs.

Illustration of how a bone graft procedure can enhance the jawbone.

Bone Grafting

A bone graft procedure strengthens weak areas of the jawbone,
making dental implants possible


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Bone Grafting Overview

A strong jawbone is needed for a successful dental implants procedure. The success of dental implant placement lies in a process called osseointegration. This is when the jawbone fuses to the implant, effectively creating a lifelong replacement for lost teeth roots. A ridge augmentation can strengthen the lower jawbone, while a sinus lift, also referred to as maxillary sinus floor augmentation, can improve bone mass in the upper jaw.

If you have been told you cannot have dental implants due to poor jawbone density, or have a jawbone defect, a bone grafting procedure may help you.

Lower Jaw: A ridge augmentation is performed on the lower jaw to repair a defect of the jawbone. This bony defect is the loss of the natural contour of the alveolar ridge, which is the portion of the jaw that surrounds the roots of teeth. There can be a defect in the height of bone, the width of bone, or both. Bony defects can occur following a tooth extraction, injury, trauma, periodontal disease, or lesion removal.

Upper Jaw: Alternatively, a sinus lift is performed to strengthen the upper jaw. When a tooth root is missing for an extended period of time, the adjacent jawbone begins to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. This surgery adds bone to your premolar and molar areas, the area between your jaw and sinuses. 

The Bone Grafting Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be given anesthesia to numb the area, and sedation options to help make you comfortable. A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket, and is often performed immediately after the tooth is removed. During a sinus lift, the thin layer of membrane that separates the sinus from the jawbone is gently pushed up, which lifts the sinus floor. Grafted bone material is placed in the space between the membrane and the sinus floor.

Your Recovery and Aftercare

Like most minor surgeries, bone grafting may cause some inflammation and discomfort. Patients may experience minor bleeding from the nose and mouth. Applying ice packs to the treatment area is a simple and effective measure to reduce swelling. Patients will also be given medication to help alleviate pain, congestion, and inflammation. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection.

Patients should plan on eating a diet of soft foods while their mouth heals, and avoid smoking or using straws. Tooth brushing and rinsing should be done gently and carefully for at least a few days after the surgery. Most patients will be able to return to work about one week after their procedure.

Bone Grafting Questions?

If you have been told you cannot have dental implants due to poor jawbone density, or have a jawbone defect that needs correcting, a bone grafting procedure may help you. To learn more, call Affordable Dental Clinics at (970) 353-6249 or contact us online.

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO