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Bone Grafting – Carmichael, CA

Building Up Your Jaw Before Implantation

A beautiful smile relies on more than just your teeth; it also needs a strong jawbone to hold it in place. Once you’ve lost a tooth, the bone underneath will start to resorb (meaning it breaks down because it’s no longer being used), usually up to 50% within first two years. This can be a serious obstacle to getting implants, but in many cases a bone graft  can be performed to prepare the site to receive new teeth.  As an oral surgeon, Dr. Ji can easily make bone grafting a part of the dental implant process and he can incorporate bone grafting into your tooth extraction surgery, so that you do not need to have two separate surgeries. Schedule a consultation with our Carmichael practice today to learn more.

Why Choose Sheng Ji, DDS, MD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Bone Grafting?

  • A Surgeon That Has Been Trained in Both Dentistry and Medicine
  • Combine Bone Grafting with High Quality Dental Implants
  • Multiple Methods of Sedation to Help You Feel at Ease

What is a Bone Graft?

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A bone graft is a procedure used to repair a damaged or deteriorated bone. It’s usually recommended for patients who have had a tooth extraction or otherwise lost a tooth – especially if the loss occurred a while ago. The jaw needs sufficient bulk and density to successfully support and fuse with the implant posts; that’s why a graft is normally necessary to replace any tissue that might have been lost or preserve existing bone. That said, a bone graft may not be necessary for every patient.  Dr. Ji will provide a detailed assessment during the first consultation.

Bone Grafting After Tooth Loss

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Your natural teeth stimulate the jaw every time you bite down or chew. Once you’ve lost a tooth, the lack of stimulation in your jaw will lead to resorption. The longer you wait to receive implants after a tooth comes out, the more likely you are to have suffered from resorption, and in many cases bone grafting will normally be necessary.

Bone Graft After Tooth Extraction

Missing tooth

If you are considering an implant, Dr. Ji can incorporate a bone graft into your extraction surgery (socket preservation) so that you do not need to have two separate surgeries. Having a socket preservation performed at day of extraction will preserve existing bone volume, and prepare the surgical site for future implant placement.  It typically takes about four to six months for your mouth to fully heal after this procedure to the point where you’ll be able to get dental implants.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

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  • Protect Your Oral Health: Your teeth could start to drift out of place as the jaw bone changes shape, making it difficult to brush and floss effectively. A bone graft will help keep the teeth in their proper place.
  • Maintain Your Appearance: Your jaw helps your face maintain its youthful structure; a bone graft could go a long way towards helping you look younger.
  • Benefitting from Procedures That Couldn’t Be Done Otherwise: For many patients, a bone graft could mean the difference between getting dental implants and needing to rely on another kind of restoration.
  • Maintaining Ridge Geometry: For patients that is considering restorations other than implants, bone graft also preserves the natural geometry of your jaw line after tooth loss, which provides better soft tissue support for future prosthesis and allow for better hygiene care