If your jawbone is not strong enough to support an implant, it could result in dental implant failure or other complications. Bone grafting can strengthen your jaw and provide an additional line of defense. At Sargon Dental, with two convenient locations in the Encino and West Hollywood neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California, Sargon Lazarof, DDS, uses bone grafting to increase bone density to properly hold replacement teeth. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Bone grafting is an advanced surgical procedure used to encourage new bone growth in the jaw. The process uses viable bone or other synthetic materials to stimulate new growth. Bone grafting improves the strength and durability of your jaw, making it possible to receive dental implants.
At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof offers several types of bone grafting materials, including:
An autogenous bone graft uses healthy bone from another area of your body. Autogenous bone grafting is the preferred method because it contains living cells capable of producing new bone. Additionally, because the bone is your own, there is less risk of infection or failure.
Xenogenic bone grafts utilize bones from animals like cows or pigs. Xenogenic bone grafts serve as a structural framework, encouraging the growth of new, healthy bone tissue.
Synthetic bone grafts use man-made materials like ceramic and collagen. These elements enhance bone strength by resembling the natural makeup of bone. They are also easy for your body to accept.
If you have a narrow jaw, Dr. Lazarof might recommend a ridge expansion graft. This type of graft makes your jaw wider and taller to support one or several dental implants.
At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof performs bone grafting onsite as an outpatient procedure. Prior to treatment, he conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays. He uses this information to determine the type of bone graft you will most benefit from.
Next, Dr. Lazarof administers a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, he carefully places the graft material. Then he sends you home with a list of care instructions.
Once placed, the bone material encourages the production of new, healthy bone tissue. In the weeks and months following your procedure, your bone becomes stronger and more resilient.
After bone grafting, it’s normal to experience some tooth sensitivity, swelling, and discomfort. In the first few days following your procedure, take your medication as prescribed and stick to soft foods like scrambled eggs, Jell-O, and mashed potatoes.
Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments and avoid brushing and flossing until Dr. Lazarof gives your permission. You should feel back to normal within a couple of weeks.
To learn more about bone grafting, schedule an appointment at Sargon Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.