Bone grafting surgery is conducted onsite at our Atlanta, GA, practice for convenient, streamlined treatment. At J.D. Murray DDS & Associates, this advanced technique allows patients with compromised jawbone tissue to receive dental implants. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to shrink. Before dental implants are placed, it is important that you have a healthy and strong jawbone to support the implants. Dr. Murray can replace this lost tissue, creating a suitable foundation for a restored smile.
Why Bone Grafting?
If you have lost teeth due to extraction, decay, gum disease, or trauma, your jawbone will begin to recede. When this happens, it can result in considerable dental misalignment, a change in your facial features, and other effects. It can also prevent you from qualifying for dental implants. A bone graft restores the jaw, allowing you to experience the many benefits of dental implants.
In most cases, it will take four to six months for the graft to fuse with the jawbone.
What to Expect
During bone grafting, Dr. Murray will harvest bone tissue from your own body or use a synthetic material to restore your jawbone. Before beginning the procedure, he will provide anesthesia to numb the area and prevent any discomfort.
Once the area is numbed and you are completely comfortable, he will make a small incision in your gums. Dr. Murray will place the bone tissue before reinforcing it with small screws to keep it in place. He will then close the incisions with sutures.
In most cases, it will take four to six months for the graft to fuse with the jawbone before implants can be placed. Though a bone graft will extend your overall treatment timeline, it is often integral to the success of dental implants. For a smooth recovery, it is important to follow your aftercare instructions, taking prescribed medications when necessary and keeping the area clean. We also recommend avoiding hard, sticky, brittle, spicy, or acidic foods and beverages.
Dr. Murray will schedule periodic checkups to monitor your progress. Once he has determined that the graft is fully integrated, he can begin planning your dental implants surgery using sophisticated digital technology.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
There are many benefits of undergoing bone grafting, especially when you trust your care to an experienced oral surgeon. Dr. Murray is passionate about undergoing continuing education in dentistry, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality care using the latest surgical techniques to minimize risks improve success rates. Dental implants are not covered by most insurance plans, so you stand to benefit significantly by choosing a dentist with proven expertise.
A properly performed bone grafting procedure can prepare your jawbone for dental implants and restore the shape of your jaw. Once your implants are in place, they will prevent further bone atrophy and dental misalignment. They will also provide a dependable anchor for your dentures or other restorations that will prevent them from shifting out of place.
Contact Us Today
If you are considering dental implants, contact J.D. Murray DDS & Associates today. He will assess the state of your jaw and review your health history to determine if any preliminary bone grafting or other procedures are necessary.