Whether due to tooth loss, gum disease or trauma, bone loss in the jaw is a common problem for many people. The longer a tooth goes unreplaced, the greater the amount of bone deterioration. If you suffer from bone loss, dental bone grafting can help you preserve a vibrant smile and healthy appearance by restoring the mass and structure of your jaw.
Experienced implant and cosmetic specialist Dr. Gerald Marlin provides exceptional dental bone grafting and oral surgery services to patients with complex dental needs. To learn more about how he can help you, please contact Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. today online or at 202-244-2101 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin. Our state-of-the-art facility in DC welcomes patients from across the country, including Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia.
What Is Dental Bone Grafting?
Any time a tooth is missing, the surrounding bone will shrink as it is no longer needed to support the tooth. This makes it difficult to replace the missing tooth and may damage the adjacent teeth. When multiple teeth are lost, this can lead to a shrunken facial profile, making you look much older than you are. With today’s technology, the bone can be rebuilt at the time of tooth extraction, which will preserve the vital structures.
Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure designed to correct bone loss. During the procedure, lost bone is restored by adding bone-like material to deficient areas in preparation for dental implant placement. Once placed, the bone graft is given time to heal and integrate with the surrounding bone. Bone grafting:
- Enables the secure placement of dental implants
- Preserves the area for future treatment
- Restores the jaw contour and facial profile
- Improves biting, chewing and speaking functionality
While grafting can help your bone preserve and support the socket, the results are not indefinite. Dental implants should be placed within four to twelve months to deliver long-lasting support and full functionality. Without placing implants, your graft may eventually resorb over time.
What Is Ridge Expansion?
The ridge bone is the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. When a tooth is missing, the ridge bone starts to deteriorate. Ridge bones may also lose density as a result of disease or aging. This type of atrophy can simultaneously affect you in different ways. The ridge bone must be augmented in order to add enough height and horizontal width to fit dental implants.
Ridge expansion is a procedure that can be performed when the jaw is not wide enough to support implants. Through oral surgery, the ridge bone is divided and the outer and inner parts of bone are separated. This creates a space between the divided sections of bone that can be filled with bone graft.
Schedule Your Bone Grafting/Oral Surgery Consultation Today
Dr. Marlin is a nationally renowned implant and cosmetic specialist who is highly experienced in rebuilding the foundation of the smile. He is committed to providing the highest standards of quality and integrity. To schedule your bone grafting consultation, call 202-244-2101 today. We serve patients from Washington D.C., Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia, as well as nationwide.