a dental implant to be successful, your jawbone must have enough bone mass or
thickness and be solid enough to support the implant. If either of these
requirements is lacking in your jawbone, your periodontist may suggest a bone
graft to give you a firm foundation for the implant. Periodontist Dr. J. Alexander Withers
is skilled at performing bone grafts
and dental implants that will give you a beautiful, lasting smile.
Filling the Gap
you lose a tooth or have one removed, you need to fill that space with a bridge
or dental implant. The replacement tooth helps maintain proper spacing for
surrounding teeth and prevent bacteria from collecting there, which can contribute
to gum disease.
you are considering dental implants, or if you think you ever might want them,
it is important that you fill that empty bone socket. Without tooth roots that
need its support, your jawbone in that spot recedes over time to create a
pocket or hollow. An implanted tooth would not reach to the height of
surrounding teeth, and a bridge would not extend low enough to cover the
depression. In either case, it is not going to be pretty.
Bone on Bone
your periodontist will work to
preserve the bone with a graft using sterile particles of ground human bone,
filling the tooth socket upon removal of a tooth. Your bone should grow to fit
the socket, which protects the bone height for future restoration. For those
with empty sockets for many years, you likely have bone loss that requires something
a little different to restore the bone. In this case, Dr. Withers cuts the
space open and again use bone granules, including some of your own, shaved off
the jawbone in another area.
grafting process can take several months for proper healing, but it is worth the
time to have your smile restored. For more information about bone grafts in Fairfax, VA
, contact our office
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