What is Bone Grafting?
If you’ve had a missing tooth for a significant amount of time, your jawbone could resorb. As a result, you may not be able to get dental implants even if you want to, because there wouldn’t be enough bone there to place the implant. Plus, having your tooth missing for so long could have caused your other teeth to shift, which could result in your facial structure being altered.
The solution? Bone grafting. The process of bone grafting allows us to grow bone where it’s needed to place dental implants properly. Dr. Bryce Williams enjoys the process of bone grafting because most Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients who need it thought they would never be able to have the functionality and the aesthetic appearance of their teeth restored. Bone grafting is the only way that some dental operations are possible.
Types of Bone Grafts
Autogenous Bone Grafts.
Also known as an autograft, this type of bone grafting uses bone taken from a source in your body. Harvest sites that are used include the hip, jaw, chin, lower leg bone, or the skull. The benefits Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients receive by using their own, live bone is that it has living cells that promote both growth. And being that its origin is not foreign, your body is less likely to reject it. Another option to using your own bone is PRP, which is known as platelet rich plasma. This is your own blood cells that is mixed with a “bottle bone” taken from a human donor. This allows the body to recognize a donor graft as your own bone. This procedure allows you to get a highly effective bone graft, without having bone taken from somewhere else in your body.
Allogenic bone grafting also called an allograft, utilizes cadaver bone material. Allogenic bone works by creating a porous framework that allows your jaws own bone to grow into the microscopic voids gradually.
The third type of bone source is xenogenic bone which is harvested from non-living cows. As with allogenic bone, it is exposed to extremely high temperatures to prevent your jaw from rejecting it. Xenogenic bone also allows your jawbone to fuse with it.
Main Reasons People Have Jawbone Loss
One of the major reasons that Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients have bone grafting procedures is to repair jaw defects. There are many reasons why jawbone loss can occur, including a previous surgery (like a tooth extraction), a traumatic injury at any point in your life, or congenital disabilities. The bone is replaced by taking bone from other areas of your own body, or by using donor bone.
Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients who wait too long to replace their teeth or fix their jawbone problems could have more serious issues later on. However, even those potentially serious problems can be alleviated with bone grafting conducted by Dr. Williams.
Jawbone Loss Creates Significant Problems
You may be wondering why bone loss is a big deal. Many people think that if they aren’t experiencing any significant issues, then jawbone loss is not a problem. While losing some of your jawbone may not have immediate effects, the long-term effects could be substantial.
Jawbone loss dramatically alters your appearance. When your jaw is misaligned, your teeth will be as well. Your facial structure could look abnormal; you may have problems chewing and other similar issues. Dr. Williams uses bone grafting to replace the missing bone and set his patients on the road to recovery. Generally, the procedure is completed in the office, and the recovery takes a few days for the discomfort and swelling to subside. If you need a more extensive bone graft for a very large jaw defect, Dr. Williams can take you to the operating room to perform this procedure.
Think About Results Instead of the Process
Dr. Williams has a strong background in dentistry, but he’s also very focused on attaining the best surgical results. Because of this, he always operates with the final outcome in mind. If you have abnormal facial features as a result of jawbone loss, think about what you want to look like before you even have the bone grafting procedure. Dr. Williams helps his Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients to visualize their appearance after their facial features are corrected in comparison to their current features.
Thinking about the results will help you get through the bone grafting process much easier. And on top of that, Dr. Williams makes the procedure as easy as possible from a mental standpoint. From the time you walk through our office doors, you’ll feel confident and comfortable that bone grafting is going to work for you in many ways.
Why You Should Choose Dr. Williams
Bone grafting may sound frightening when you think about it initially, but Dr. Williams knows exactly what to do to calm your nerves. He has a considerable amount of experience performing bone grafting and always has your best interests in mind. No matter what your fears are about coming into our office, Dr. Williams will alleviate them from the moment you walk in the door.
Part of the reason that Dr. Williams understands dental anxiety is that he had to go through it himself as a child. He suffered from severe facial trauma at an early age, which led to multiple surgeries. It was during those experiences that he decided to become a surgeon to help Centennial, Aurora and Denver Metro area patients like himself.
At Williams Dental Implant and Oral Surgery, our staff works together to ensure you are comfortable with us before we perform any procedure. Bone grafting can change your life by making your mouth more comfortable and giving you a terrific boost of confidence by improving the appearance of your facial structure.
If you live in the Centennial, Aurora or Denver Metro areas, schedule a free consultation today by calling (303) 493-1933 to learn more about bone grafting or any other procedure so that you can live a pain-free, normal life.