Bone grafting, also known as bone augmentation, is a restorative dentistry procedure done to reestablish the bone structure in the mouth so that dental implants can be surgically placed. Inadequate bone structure is a serious dental concern for two very important reasons: 1) inadequate bone structure will not securely hold tooth roots in place, and 2) without adequate bone structure dental implants cannot be securely placed in the mouth to serve as a viable tooth replacement option.
At River Peak Dental, Dr. Chris Poe, DDS, offers simple and advanced bone grafting to patients here in Ridgway and the surrounding communities. As a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Poe has the specific training, knowledge, and experience to help patients reestablish the integrity of the jawbone for sufficient stabilization of the natural teeth and dental implants.
Bone grafting requires that bone be taken from one source in order to be surgically placed in another source. Your own body is the best source for bone tissue, but some people do not like the idea of cultivating bone from their body. In this case, bone of human cadavers or cows can be used. The bone graft success rate is very high in terms of strengthening the jaw in order to receive dental implants. However, those who smoke and take certain medications do have a higher risk of graft failure, so these factors must be taken into consideration before the process begins.
Simple and advanced bone grafting require patience and commitment from each patient because the healing process does take time. Patients will need to take antibiotics to ward off infection, avoid certain foods, avoid putting pressure on the area where the bone graft was placed inside the mouth, and denture wearers will have to give up wearing their dentures for a while. While the bone grafting process is a lengthy one, it is worth it for those whose ultimate goal is to have dental implants successfully placed.
Dr. Chris Poe, DDS, is proud to be able to offer this advanced dental procedure. Bringing modern dentistry to the rural mountains of Ouray County allows patients in Ridgway and the surrounding areas the opportunity to receive exceptional dental care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for yourself or a member of your family.