If you have one or more missing teeth or have had a tooth extracted, it’s important to restore proper bone levels in your jaw. As the foundation of your smile, your bone plays a vital role in your oral health and function. It supports your teeth and helps preserve your facial structure. But it needs the stimulation of tooth roots to remain dense and strong. When teeth are extracted or lost, the jawbone no longer receives stimulation and will resorb, shrink, and disappear.
Bone loss can lead to shifting and loosening of remaining teeth, loss of lip and cheek support, and jaw joint problems. Without enough bone support, you may not be able to replace your missing teeth with dentures or dental implants. To regain your facial foundation and help ensure these functional and esthetic consequences do not occur or worsen, our periodontist and dental team at Perio & Implant at Washington Metro provide bone grafting in Rockville, MD or Washington, DC. This procedure restores the jawbone volume or density that has been lost due to missing teeth to improve your oral health and function.
A periodontist is a recognized dental specialist who has spent additional years of training in treatments related to the soft tissues and bone. Along with extensive experience in complex bone grafting procedures, a periodontist also has the trained eye to optimize soft tissue esthetics as well. Seeking bone grafting treatment from a periodontist like Dr. Jean Li can have lasting benefits for your health, function, and smile esthetics. Additionally, as an expert in dental implants, our periodontist can not only help you qualify for dental implants but also predictably replace all your missing teeth with this secure, lasting, and life-like solution!
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves placing dental bone graft material in areas where the bone has resorbed, or a tooth has been extracted. We offer bone grafting in Rockville, MD or Washington, DC with the purpose of restoring the proper density, height, and width of the bone in the jaw in preparation for dental implants. We partner with multiple insurance providers to make your treatment affordable and achievable. In general, bone grafting may involve one or more of the following procedures:
Socket preservation is a bone grafting procedure our periodontist completes after tooth extraction. This involves packing bone graft material into the empty tooth socket. Socket preservation slows the resorption process where the tooth is missing. It can also help preserve the health of the bone until a dental implant can be placed.
Ridge augmentation refers to a bone grafting procedure that restores the natural density and contours of part or the entirety of a jaw ridge. Restoring healthy bone levels to a jaw arch can make dentures more comfortable and fitted to your gumline.
When bone in the premolar or molar areas of the jaw has lost density or volume, you may benefit from receiving a sinus lift in Rockville, MD or Washington, DC. Gently lifting the sinus cavity, bone grafting material can be placed to restore proper bone height.
Bone grafting seems like just a functional treatment meant to improve your oral health. But this treatment also has more widespread benefits. Tooth and bone loss can lead to numerous problems that affect your ability to eat, your oral and physical health, as well as your personal wellbeing. By restoring bone levels in your jaw, our Rockville, MD or Washington, DC team can treat infection and disease and replace missing teeth with restorations like dental bridges and dentures as well as prepare you for dental implants. Having a smile restored to proper function and esthetics can significantly improve your confidence, health, and quality of life!
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