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Rebuild Your Jawbone with Bone Grafting

Tooth loss not only impacts your appearance but also affects the overall health and structure of your smile. Dental implants and implant-supported restorations can provide superior restorative benefits, however, many patients are not candidates for these procedures due to jawbone deterioration. If you suffer from tooth loss but lack sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants and restorations, bone grafting can often restore your eligibility. During this procedure, Drs. Don and Cathleen Czaplicki can transplant healthy bone tissue to rebuild your jawbone and maximize the success of your dental implant treatment. At Czaplicki Family Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, we combine over two decades of experience with advanced technology to provide patients with healthier, stronger smiles.

If you suffer from tooth loss but lack sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants and restorations, bone grafting can often restore your eligibility.

Is Bone Grafting Right for You?

If you have been told that you lack sufficient bone tissue for dental implants, or if you have sustained visible jawbone recession causing a dramatic change in appearance, you may be a candidate for bone grafting. Drs. Czaplicki may also recommend bone grafting if you suffer from advanced gum disease. This procedure can be performed in conjunction with flap surgery to promote healthy bone regrowth and prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth.

During your appointment, our team will evaluate your overall health and medical history to determine whether bone grafting is right for you. We may take x-rays and advanced 3-D scans of your jaw in order to assess the structure of your smile. Drs. Czaplicki will thoroughly examine these images to pinpoint areas of deterioration and create a customized treatment plan and surgical guide.

The Procedure

Before treatment, we will administer a local anesthetic and may provide sedation to ensure your comfort. Depending upon your needs, your bone graft may use natural bone from your chin, tibia, or hip. If your own bone matter is not being used, your practitioner may choose donor tissue or a safe synthetic material as an alternative. During the procedure, Drs. Czaplicki will create a small incision in the gum at the site of deterioration and carefully place healthy tissue. Once the tissue has been successfully anchored into the jawbone, the dentist may cover the site with a specialized membrane to improve healing and further secure your graft. They will then close the incision with sutures. This procedure can range from two to three hours, but will ultimately depend upon the size of the treatment area.

Image of bone deterioration, bone grafting, and implant-supported prosthesis

Drs. Czaplicki can restore your jawbone structure to support an implant-supported prosthesis.

What to Expect After Bone Grafting

After the procedure, your doctor will provide you with at-home instructions to promote healing, including diet modification and proper oral hygiene practices. It is common to experience some discomfort after a bone grafting procedure. To reduce any swelling or irritation, Drs. Czaplicki may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs and can prescribe stronger medication if appropriate. 

Over the next four to nine months, your body will undergo a natural process called osseointegration. During this time, the graft will integrate into the surrounding bone to create a strong and stable base for a dental implant to be placed. Your jaw must be fully healed before the dentist can perform a dental implant procedure.

Rebuild Your Oral Structure

Restore your smile with our experienced dentists at Czaplicki Family Dentistry. To find out if you are a candidate for bone grafting, contact our office today by calling (414) 427-9090 or filling out our online form. Ask our friendly staff about our financing solutions like CareCredit®. 

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