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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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That They Can Rely On Us
Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

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