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Strengthen Your Jaw with a Bone Graft

Bone grafting can be used to strengthen weak jaws in preparation for dental implants.

Your jaw will stay strong after treatment because implants help support the underlying bone to keeping your jaw healthy.

Bone grafting is an option for most patients, even those who have been missing teeth for years.

Our friendly staff and dentists will keep you informed and take steps to reduce your anxiety.

Our dentists are communicative and they will explain every step of your procedure to ensure that you are comfortable.

Bone Grafts in Kennewick & Richland

If you are interested in a dental implant, but your jawbone has become weak due to tooth loss, a bone graft may be necessary before implant treatment. A bone graft can strengthen your jawbone to prepare your mouth for implant surgery. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for preparatory procedures like bone grafts.

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Do I Need A Bone Graft?

 Bone grafting is usually required if you want to replace a missing tooth, but your jaw bone has weakened. After tooth loss, the jaw bone underneath your missing tooth is no longer stimulated by the pressure of biting and chewing. This leads to bone resorption, which means that the bone will begin to deteriorate and become weaker over time.

The Bone Grafting Process

First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed to prepare it for surgery. Sedation can also be administered, if desired. Then, one of our dentists will expose your jaw bone and insert bone material in the graft site. This may also be covered with a collagen membrane to encourage healing. Next, the site will be sutured shut. Over a period of several months, your natural jaw bone will use the bone graft as a platform, upon which it will grow and stabilize. After this process is complete, the dental implant process can begin.

Recovering From A Bone Graft

Immediately after the procedure, you will likely experience some discomfort and inflammation for a few days. You will need to eat mostly soft foods as the site heals. However, if you follow the recovery instructions given to you by your dentist, the majority of side effects should subside within about a week. After your procedure is complete, your dentist will schedule follow-up appointments that will help track the progress of your bone graft and ensure that the healing process is going smoothly.

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