Bone Grafting for Implants

Bone Grafting An Overview

Dr. Datta is a leading Northern Virginia dentist for the placement of dental implants, offering complete and comprehensive services under one roof. He will use advanced digital imaging and 3-D scanning to thoroughly evaluate the health of your jaw bone and determine if augmentation of the bone structure through a bone graft is necessary.

The density and structure of your jaw bone is a key factor in the long term success of dental implants. Genetics, physical condition and the length of time teeth have been missing can impact bone in the jaw and be the cause of bone loss or shrinkage of the jaw area. When teeth are lost and the tooth root no longer exists in the gum tissue, the body begins the natural process of resorption, slowly absorbing the “unnecessary” bone tissue and changing the overall fit and appearance of your smile over time.

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A bone graft will involve the removal of a small amount of bone from one area of the jaw or the more common use of a biocompatible material similar to bone tissue. This bone or material is then placed into areas where the bone has been determined to be thin, weak or too soft to maintain a dental implant.

After a period of time for healing and osseointegration, your new dental implants can be successfully placed in the jaw, which can now support the long term success of the new restoration.

Types of Bone Grafting

Patients can have insufficient bone in different areas of the mouth, depending on where teeth have been lost or as a result of other conditions or trauma. After analysis with 3-D scanning, Dr. Datta can pinpoint areas where bone needs to be augmented in order to support a dental implant.

  • Sinus augmentation: if the upper teeth have been lost at the back of the mouth the open sinus area may have expanded or bone has thinned due to resorption. Bone can be grafted along the upper sinus area to restore a stable foundation for an implant.
  • Ridge expansion: a narrow jaw may require a ridge expansion to accommodate dental implants. A bone graft can be placed where the alveolar ridge has deteriorated to help recreate the natural structure that will support the implant.

Bone grafts can also be placed along the gum where a tooth is missing and the supporting bone beneath has begun to change and shrink.

Bone Grafting What to Expect

Dr. Datta will discuss your needs and treatment options after the exam and diagnostics are complete. Depending on the amount of bone needed and the material to be used for grafting, he will create a treatment plan designed to achieve a healthier, more stable oral foundation in which to place your dental implants.

To graft the bone material, Dr. Datta will make a small incision in the gums. The bone or chosen grafting material is placed in the area where your natural bone has become diminished or weak. The new material will integrate with existing bone structure and stimulate healthy regrowth of tissue. Together with the implant, your bone graft will support your natural jaw structure and reduce bone loss.

The bone graft will need several weeks to several months time to heal completely before the implantation of the post for the dental implant. Patients may be directed to eat a modified diet for a short period of time to minimize side effects and discomfort, typically a few days to a week.

We offer sedation options to ensure your comfort during all phases of your treatment and can complete your procedures in our Reston dental office.


Why choose Ridgetop Dental?

Dr. Datta and the team of dental professionals at Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA offer a full range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services under one roof. From disease prevention to implant dentistry, you can expect experienced oral health care delivered in a caring, personalized manner. Our office is designed with the patient experience in mind, from massage dental chairs to sedation dentistry options for anxious patients.

Dr. Datta is a leading Northern Virginia dentist for the treatment of complex dental problems and missing teeth. His advanced training and expertise help patients rebuild damaged smiles with results that are natural looking and lasting.