While often overlooked, the jaw bone is a critical component to the overall health of the smile. When compromised by tooth loss, advanced periodontal disease, or dental decay, patients run the risk of losing bone tissue. Known as bone resorption, this process can have serious consequences for the rest of the smile, ultimately damaging the aesthetics, health, and function of the dentition.
In Lorton and Springfield, Dr. Snehal Patel offers comprehensive bone grafting treatment for patients who’ve experienced jaw bone loss. By integrating advanced diagnostic technologies throughout the treatment process, our Northern Virginia oral surgeon provides patients with planned results and improved smiles.
The Consequences of Bone Loss
The jaw bone can be considered the foundation of the smile, as it provides support to both the teeth and gums. Likewise, teeth roots help encourage healthy bone density, ensuring a strong bite. When teeth are missing or extracted, this important stimulation is lost, causing the bone to deteriorate.
Bone resorption can have serious consequences for the smile, including tooth loss, gum tissue decay, facial sagging, as well as difficulty performing basic oral functions. With this in mind, restoring bone tissue as well as encouraging bone growth is critical to fully restoring the smile. As a result, bone grafting and dental implant placement is often the recommended combination for patients with extensive bone resorption.
The Process of Bone Grafting
Creating a strategic bone grafting treatment plan starts with an in-depth assessment of the jaw. At Lorton Springfield Dental Implants & Oral Surgery, we utilize cone beam imaging to capture the entire dentition, highlighting areas of resorption and allowing our oral surgeon to create a precise surgical plan.
During the consultation, we’ll also determine the most comfortable grafting material for your jaw. This can include:
Autogenous bone grafts: Live bone tissue taken from another part of the patient’s body.
Allogenic bone grafts: Non-living bone tissue donated by a deceased individual and used to support future bone regeneration.
Synthetic bone grafts: Synthetically-derived material used as a substitute to human bone tissue.
On the day of surgery, patients visit the nearest practice for treatment. While it is not necessary to undergo sedation for bone grafting surgery, we do offer oral and IV dental sedation to help patients remain relaxed. Following treatment, patients return home with a set of personalized recovery instructions. Most patients can return to their regular routines by the next day and will visit our practice for an appointment the following week.
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Lorton Springfield Dental Implants & Oral Surgery offers a number of specialty oral and maxillofacial procedures all in one office. For more information about bone grafting in Northern Virginia, contact us today. With locations in Lorton and Springfield, Dr. Patel and his team are proud to welcome patients from throughout Northern Virginia, including the communities of Fairfax, Lorton, Annandale, and Alexandria.