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Bone Grafting – Brookline, MA

Create a Strong Foundation for Dental Implants

If you’re among the 120 million adults who are missing 1 or more teeth, you need an effective solution to rebuild your smile. While there are several options to fill the empty space, over 500,000 per year are turning to dental implants because they closely mimic natural teeth. Although you’d like to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you’ve experienced bone loss. There’s no need to worry. We can create the strong foundation you need with bone grafting in Brookline.

What is a Bone Graft?

dental implant after bone grafting in Brookline

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, your jaw will slowly shrink because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. In some cases, bone loss can also be the result of periodontal disease, which destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. Whether you’ve been living with an incomplete smile or you’re suffering the consequences of the infection, you can strengthen your jaw with bone grafting.

The surgical procedure adds bone to the alveolar ridge, or gum ridge, to enhance the size and shape of your jaw. Bone is taken from another area of your body or from a donor and grafted on to weakened areas of your jaw. Over the next several weeks, the graft will integrate with your bone to provide your implant posts with the support they need to thrive.

Bone Grafting After Tooth Loss

model of dental implant in healthy jawbone

Believe it or not, but you can lose a significant amount of bone within just the first 12 months of losing a tooth. If you’ve been living with 1 or more missing teeth for some time, you’ve likely lost a great deal of bone. An oral surgeon can reverse the damage by restoring the areas of weakened bone to make it suitable to support dental implants in Brookline.

Bone Graft After Tooth Extraction

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Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime, but there are instances where it’s in your best interest to have a tooth removed. If you need an extraction, freeze-dried granules of donor bone can be placed into the socket at the same time. After 4 to 6 weeks, your jawbone will be healed to make you a suitable candidate for partials or dentures. If you’re interested in dental implants, you’ll need to wait a bit longer before undergoing your placement surgery, but it’s time well spent to ensure your new smile thrives.

What are the Benefits of Bone Grafting?

Although bone grafting adds an additional step to your treatment plan, it offers a variety of benefits to invest in a healthy smile, including:

  • Creates a strong foundation for dental implants.
  • Preserves your jawbone’s density to protect remaining natural teeth.
  • Stops dental drift to improve your oral health.
  • Protects your facial tissues to maintain a youthful appearance.

Strengthen Your Smile Today

If you’ve lost bone from tooth loss, you can restore your smile back to its previous state with bone grafting. Rest assured, you’ll have the strong foundation your dental implants need to thrive. If you’re ready to start your journey to a complete smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.