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Dental Bone Grafts

Smiles for Life Dental Care is proud to offer bone grafting procedures as part of our comprehensive dental services

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Create a Firm Foundation for Implants with Bone Grafting

If you have lost significant jawbone tissue in the wake of missing teeth or severe periodontal disease, Drs. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting can perform a bone grafting procedure at their Bridgewater or Staunton, VA, practice to encourage new growth. In addition to rebuilding lost tissue, this surgery is also a reliable way to improve your candidacy for dental implants.

Our team at Smiles for Life offers a full gamut of dental services to lay the foundations for a healthier, happier smile. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment in a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

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How Bone Grafts Help

When tooth loss is left unaddressed, it can lead to jawbone degeneration and a myriad of other oral health problems, including:

Shifting Teeth

Tooth loss

Jaw pain

TMJ disorder

Structural changes to the face

Inability to qualify for dental implants

Bone grafting is the most reliable solution to combat these problems. Using either donor tissue or tissue harvested from other parts of the body, dentists can place a graft directly into the jawbone. Over the following months, this graft then promotes bone growth.

In addition to improving implant candidacy, this procedure is also recommended for patients in the advanced stages of periodontal disease. Although periodontitis starts in the gums, an untreated infection can spread into the soft and hard tissues of your mouth and damage them irreparably. In such cases, bone grafts are often used in combination with gum surgery to rebuild your jawbone and prevent the disease from spreading further.

What to Expect during Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting Expectations

Before the procedure begins, one of our doctors will administer a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Then they can make an incision into the gums. After carefully folding back the layers of gum tissue, your dentist can insert the grafting tissue on top your jawbone.

Once the graft is carefully secured, they can close the incision with sutures. Depending on the patient, we may even be able to place a bone graft and dental implant simultaneously.

The Bone Graft Process

Bone grafting is a procedure used to restore and strengthen the jawbone before dental implant placement.
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Anesthesia

On the day of the procedure, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the bone grafting process.
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Incision

A small incision is made in the gum tissue at the treatment site to expose the underlying jawbone.
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Graft Placement

The selected grafting material, which may be synthetic, from a donor source, or your own bone, is carefully placed into the targeted area of the jawbone. The graft material acts as a scaffold, stimulating new bone growth and integration.
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Securing the Graft

The grafting material is secured in place using sutures, dental screws, or membranes to maintain its position during the healing process.
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Healing and Integration

Over the following months, the graft material will integrate with the surrounding bone, encouraging the growth of new bone cells. This process is known as osseointegration.
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Implant Placement

Once the jawbone has sufficiently healed and the graft has integrated, the dental implant procedure can be scheduled. The newly strengthened jawbone provides a stable foundation for the dental implant.
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Our Smiles for Life Patients Know

That They Can Rely On Us
Bonnie Alioto
5/5

Cathy was very informative about the different procedures and how they would be done. They will check with my insurance and we would discuss cost after my next appointment.

Ramona Lantz
5/5

I underwent 4 hours of heavy dental work under medicated sedation due to my dental anxiety plus 2 months ago I also did the same treatment and both times went extremely well. The Drs were nice and explained everything so my anxiety would stay in check. I’ve been a patient at Smiles for Life for over 6 years and also took my mother who suffers from advanced Parkinson’s to them for full dentures and they were fabulous 💙.

Marque Blubaugh
5/5

Listens to every concern and is caring, professional, compassionate, and understanding of every concern or situation that you have. Evaluating the entire oral structure and creating a plan and long term plan to preserve dental and overall health and peace of mind. Up to date procedures and equipment to review the entire structure and provide options to restore, preserve and have a healthy life and proper ability to eat and chew properly and to be healthy and digest a healthy diet. And to preserve teeth and avoid infections in the mouth and body . An investment, not a contined expense, which you use every day for the rest of your life. Smiles for life, and where you get life to smile.

Graham Simmerman
5/5

Cathy is delightful and skilled hygienist that I’ve counted on for nearly 20 years. Wouldn’t still be traveling nearly an hour from my new home to this dentist office if I didn’t have full confidence in Cathy.

Sue Gibson
5/5

I've always received the best care at Smiles for Life Dental Care. Faith was excellent and Dr. Macintyre is caring and a true perfectionist! I highly recommend to family and friends!

Corinne Shire
5/5

I met with Becky today to discuss implants. Her knowledge is amazing and she explained things thoroughly. My husband was in the waiting room and noticed how nice the staff was to patients coming in for treatments.

George Brinkley
5/5

Smiles For Life is the best place ever Everyone is so polite and they make you feel so comfortable and not tensed up being in a dentist chair The dental hygienist Cathy is the greatest ever She does an incredible and awesome job Thanks for all you have done for me

Terry Eck
5/5

When I embarked on my journey to find the right dental implant service, I initially gravitated towards the two prominent national brands in the field. However, my search took an unexpected and incredibly satisfying turn when I decided to explore the offerings of a local implant provider. Little did I know that this local gem would redefine my expectations of what a top-notch implant service should be like. Here's why my experience with them was nothing short of extraordinary: Meticulous Charting of Teeth and Gums: ★★★★★ One of the first things that set this local provider apart from the national giants was their unwavering commitment to precision and detail. While the big names seemed more focused on the implant procedure itself, this local gem took the time to meticulously chart the condition of my teeth and gums. This attention to detail ensured that my implant procedure was tailored to my specific needs and challenges. It was clear that they understood the importance of a solid foundation for the success of the implants. Infection Prevention Education: ★★★★★ Implant surgery is not without its risks, and one of the key concerns is the possibility of infection. What truly impressed me was the depth of information and guidance this local provider offered regarding infection prevention. They didn't just gloss over this critical aspect; they took the time to discuss the infection possibilities associated with dental implants and, more importantly, outlined a comprehensive plan to combat and mitigate such conditions. Their proactive approach to ensuring patient safety was truly reassuring. First-Year Implant Supervision: ★★★★★ Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my experience with this local implant provider was their commitment to the long-term success of my dental implants. While the national brands seemed content with the implant procedure itself, this local provider went above and beyond by offering required supervision for the first year following the implant surgery. This level of aftercare and ongoing support was simply unparalleled and gave me peace of mind knowing that my oral health was in capable hands. In conclusion, my exploration journey for dental implants took an unexpected turn when I discovered this exceptional local implant provider. Their dedication to detail, infection prevention, and post-surgery care were nothing short of outstanding. They not only surpassed the standards set by the national brands but also redefined my expectations of what a truly exceptional implant service should encompass. If you're in search of dental implants and want an experience that goes above and beyond, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this local gem a visit. They've certainly earned my trust and gratitude.

Smile Like Never Before with a Set of Dental Implants

The perfect time is now, to take control of your smile and freshen up your look! With a set of dental implants, you can upgrade your smile like never before. Claim the confidence you deserve today with a lasting dental solution that will make you grin from ear to ear!
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What our customers say

Bonnie Alioto
5/5

Cathy was very informative about the different procedures and how they would be done. They will check with my insurance and we would discuss cost after my next appointment.

Ramona Lantz
5/5

I underwent 4 hours of heavy dental work under medicated sedation due to my dental anxiety plus 2 months ago I also did the same treatment and both times went extremely well. The Drs were nice and explained everything so my anxiety would stay in check. I’ve been a patient at Smiles for Life for over 6 years and also took my mother who suffers from advanced Parkinson’s to them for full dentures and they were fabulous 💙.

Marque Blubaugh
5/5

Listens to every concern and is caring, professional, compassionate, and understanding of every concern or situation that you have. Evaluating the entire oral structure and creating a plan and long term plan to preserve dental and overall health and peace of mind. Up to date procedures and equipment to review the entire structure and provide options to restore, preserve and have a healthy life and proper ability to eat and chew properly and to be healthy and digest a healthy diet. And to preserve teeth and avoid infections in the mouth and body . An investment, not a contined expense, which you use every day for the rest of your life. Smiles for life, and where you get life to smile.

Graham Simmerman
5/5

Cathy is delightful and skilled hygienist that I’ve counted on for nearly 20 years. Wouldn’t still be traveling nearly an hour from my new home to this dentist office if I didn’t have full confidence in Cathy.

Sue Gibson
5/5

I've always received the best care at Smiles for Life Dental Care. Faith was excellent and Dr. Macintyre is caring and a true perfectionist! I highly recommend to family and friends!

Corinne Shire
5/5

I met with Becky today to discuss implants. Her knowledge is amazing and she explained things thoroughly. My husband was in the waiting room and noticed how nice the staff was to patients coming in for treatments.