Due to gum disease or genetics, your jawbone can recede over time. When it does and is left untreated, permanent tooth loss can occur. At LA Dentists Group in Pasadena and Glendale, California, the exceptional team of cosmetic and prosthodontic dentists offers bone grafting to increase the volume and strength of your jawbone. This allows you to receive dental implants if you choose. Call the office to learn more about bone grafting or request an appointment online today.
Bone grafting is a dental procedure in which your dentist increases the quality and quantity of your jawbone. If the bone in your jaw has reduced or weakened, it can’t properly support natural teeth or dental implants.
The LA Dentists Group team specializes in bone grafting and placing dental implants in patients 12 and older.
The risk factors for having a weakened or reduced jawbone include gum disease, tooth decay, older age, and trauma. Seeing your dentist regularly for professional teeth cleanings, brushing your teeth after meals, flossing daily, and limiting sugar-sweetened foods and drinks can reduce your risk of gum disease and bone loss.
Your LA Dentists Group provider determines if you’re a candidate for bone grafting after reviewing your oral health history, completing an oral health exam, and evaluating the results of recent dental X-rays. They also discuss your desired results before customizing your treatment.
The LA Dentists Group specialists complete bone grafting using various methods. They insert grafting materials into the affected bone to stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate tissues. These bone grafts might come from a tissue bank, your own bone, bone tissue from animals, or synthetic materials.
Over time, your body absorbs the grafting materials as jawbone cells replicate.
Your provider may complete socket preservation after tooth extraction to increase bone growth volume and prepare for future dental implant placement. Dental implants are metal posts that attach to your jawbone and anchor artificial teeth.
Your LA Dentists Group provider usually completes bone grafting under local anesthesia. They offer sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed before inserting bone-grafting materials into your jaw, along with a dental implant in some cases.
At other times, you must wait for jaw tissue to heal before receiving dental implants.
Over the next few months, jawbone growth occurs. When healing is complete, you can undergo the next stage of a restorative dental treatment. This may involve dental implant placement or other treatments that perfect the look and function of your smile.
To learn more about bone grafting at LA Dentists Group, request an appointment by phone or online today.