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Bone Grafting

Dr. Christopher Henes and his dental team are proud to offer a wide variety of services, including bone grafting in Aurora, CO

If we are going to be removing a tooth and are going to place a dental implant in its place, it is important to think about the bone that will be supporting that implant in the future.  When a tooth is extracted, the bone around where that tooth once was will begin to resorb and shrink. In order to prevent this from happening, the use of bone grafting material will be placed in the socket where the tooth once was. As the socket continues to heal, the bone grafting material will mineralize into strong bone that will be able to support an implant.  If you lose enough teeth and bone, your facial features will sag, giving you a more aged appearance; it can also complicate treatment to replace your missing teeth. Fortunately, with modern bone grafting-techniques, the bone that has been lost can be built up again. This can benefit both your health and appearance by strengthening your jawbone, allowing more effective tooth replacement, and increasing support to your facial features.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure that is normally done in a dental office. Most often, the grafting material is processed bone minerals around which your body will actually deposit new bone cells.

Uses for grafting

Bone grafts are used in dentistry to accomplish the following treatment goals:

Saving Teeth

When severe periodontal disease causes bone loss, teeth can become loose and are at risk of being lost. In order to save them, the bone around them can be regenerated through grafting; this increases bone support and helps keep them in place.

Tooth Extractions

These days, it is very common to deposit bone grafting material into a tooth socket after a tooth has been removed. That way, should you want to replace your tooth with a dental implant later on, that option will be available.

In this optimal tooth-replacement system, a small titanium post embedded in the jawbone is attached to a highly realistic dental crown, permanently replacing the missing tooth. Implants require good bone volume and density to achieve their excellent functionality and high success rates. If you have already experienced bone loss, a graft can help regenerate enough bone to place the implant successfully.In this optimal tooth-replacement system, a small titanium post embedded in the jawbone is attached to a highly realistic dental crown, permanently replacing the missing tooth. Implants require good bone volume and density to achieve their excellent functionality and high success rates. If you have already experienced bone loss, a graft can help regenerate enough bone to place the implant successfully.

The bone graft material

The grafting material itself can come from your own body, but often it is bone from an animal or human donor that has been treated by a laboratory to make it sterile and safe; it can even be a synthetic substance. Grafting material comes in a variety of forms: powder, granules, putty or a gel that can be injected through a syringe. The graft, which is generally covered by a collagen membrane for optimum bone repair, will act as a scaffold onto which your body will build new bone.

What to Expect

The procedure for placing a bone graft usually requires only local anesthesia. Since a small incision is made in your gum tissue to gain access to the bone that will receive the graft, you may experience some soreness in the area after the surgery. This can usually be managed by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol  and/or pain relievers, as well as ice therapy after the procedure. Any discomfort should only last a day or two. Then, over the next several months, your body will replace the graft with its own bone, reversing the decline in bone quantity you have experienced.

Schedule Your Appointment to discuss if you are a candidate for bone grafting treatment with Christopher Henes in Aurora, CO Today!

If you are interested in learning more about bone grafting, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us