Enhance Jawbone Health with a Bone Graft

When dental implants are placed, they must be anchored into strong, dense, healthy jawbone. Patients lacking adequate bone may require a bone graft procedure to add volume and density to the jaw ridge. At Norwalk Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Norwalk, CTDr. Michael F. Trofa and Dr. Kevin S. McLaughlin can perform a bone graft four to six months prior to dental implant placement to help provide a stable foundation for your restorations. With proper care, implants placed in grafted bone can last a lifetime. 

The Bone Graft Treatment Process

Those who undergo bone grafting at our practice can expect the procedure to add four to six months to the total treatment timeline. The steps to this procedure include:

  • Treatment planning: During your initial consultation, we will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Using our 3D cone beam CT scanner, we will take images of the jaw. This will allow the doctor to assess the quality and quantity of the jawbone. Typically, bone loss on the lower jaw or the front portion of the upper jaw will be corrected with a ridge augmentation. Bone loss at the back of the upper jaw may be addressed with a sinus lift procedure. Your treatment options will be discussed in detail during your first visit.
  • Bone graft procedure: During the surgical procedure, the gums are numbed with local anesthesia and an incision is made to access the jawbone. Bone grafting material is then added to the area of deficiency. The material used will be an allograft (human donor tissue), a xenograft (bovine or porcine donor tissue), or an autograft (obtained from another area of your jaw). Once placed, the incision will be closed with stitches.
  • Healing and recovery: Although most patients will feel comfortable within a few days, it is important to understand that the full healing process takes between four and six months. During this time, your body repairs the deficiency. It is imperative that you do not smoke during this timeframe.

Understanding Bone Grafts

Bone grafting material can be obtained from another area of your jaw.

Benefits of a Bone Graft

A bone grafting procedure can increase your overall oral health, as well as your eligibility to receive dental implants. Patients who were previously told they did not qualify for implants due to bone loss now have a greater chance of undergoing the procedure. 

Research studies have shown that implants anchored into grafted tissue have comparable success rates as implants placed in natural bone tissue.

Research studies have shown that a bone graft is a safe and effective treatment. Several analyses have also shown that implants anchored into grafted tissue have comparable success rates as implants placed in natural bone tissue.

Schedule Your Consultation

At Norwalk Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, our doctors offer a wide range of oral surgery procedures. While many dentists must refer out for certain treatments, our patients can undergo a bone grafting procedure and receive dental implants all in the same convenient location. If you have bone loss, a bone graft procedure can add density and health to the jawbone and increase your chances for implant treatment. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (203) 866-0061.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.