Bone loss can occur in any area of the jaw where one or more teeth have been missing for an extended period of time. Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard treatment for missing teeth; however, candidates will need adequate jawbone structure to support the dental implants and to achieve successful results. Fortunately, a deficiency in bone density can be addressed using a surgical technique called bone grafting. Dr. Donian Shen is an extensively trained cosmetic dentist with comprehensive experience performing block bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, and dental implantation.
Bone grafting can be performed a number of ways, and the best approach for your needs and goals will depend on several factors. Dr. Shen will evaluate your oral structures and develop a customized treatment plan based on your anatomic indicators. Generally speaking, repair of the jawbone structure can be achieved using one of three different types of grafts:
- Autologous bone graft – This is bone taken from elsewhere on the patient’s body, such as the chin or hips, and transferred to the jaw.
- Allograft bone – This is bone donated from another pre-screened, healthy body (of a deceased individual who volunteered their body for this purpose), which is then used to restore the jaw.
- Animal bone graft – This is bone that comes from an animal that has the same bone composition as a human, such as a cow.
The bone graft procedure is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be able to return home the same day. Once the bone graft (and, if necessary, soft tissue graft) has been placed, the jaw will need time to heal. This process usually takes between six and nine months. After the bone is fully repaired, the dental implants can then be placed. Each step of the dental implant service is very important in achieving the best possible outcome. While some patience is necessary, people often report such high satisfaction with the results that they don’t mind the time it takes it obtain it. They are simply happy to have a beautiful smile with comfortable, functional teeth and gums.
Choosing a Qualified Bone Graft and Dental Implant Dentist
It’s important to select a dentist with extensive bone and soft tissue grafting experience to ensure the highest level of care, safety, and results. Dr. Shen completed post-graduate training in dental implantation at the prestigious Carl Misch Institute under the advisorship of Dr. Carl Misch. She is skilled in performing block bone grafting, soft tissue grafts, dental implants, and full mouth reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Shen is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI) and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Her comprehensive training allows her to provide unparalleled treatment utilizing the most advanced techniques available.
For more information about dental implants, bone grafting, and Dr. Shen’s experience, please contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you schedule a consultation and answer your questions.