Bone Grafts

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

If you have jawbone loss because of gum disease or tooth decay, Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, can help. George Harding, DDS, and his highly trained team offer bone grafts to restore your jawbone’s strength and volume, and reduce the risk of permanent tooth loss. Call the Hyattsville Dental Care office to learn more about bone grafts or schedule an appointment online today.

Bone Grafts Q & A

What are bone grafts?

Bone grafts at Hyattsville Dental Care reduce jawbone loss. They add density and volume to the bone, improving your oral health. 

Jawbone grafts come from other parts of your body, donated tissue, animal tissue, or synthetic materials. The grafts enhance cell regeneration and new bone growth. Bone grafts are sometimes needed prior to dental implant placement.

Why do I have jawbone loss?

Your jawbone may lose volume and density because of gum disease or tooth decay. The best way to prevent bone loss is to see your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and exams, brush your teeth after meals, floss daily, and get treated for tooth decay or gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. 

Are bone grafts right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for bone grafts at Hyattsville Dental Care, your dentist reviews your oral health history, examines your teeth and gums, takes dental X-rays if needed, and discusses your desired outcome. 

What should I expect when getting bone grafts?

Right before bone grafting, your dentist numbs the treatment area to avoid any discomfort. They also offer a sedative to help you relax. 

Your dentist creates a tiny incision in your gums, moves gum tissue back, cleans and disinfects the area, and adds bone grafting materials to your jawbone. They may cover the graft with a membrane for added protection before stitching gum tissue closed.

What happens after receiving bone grafts?

After bone-grafting procedures, your jaw may be painful, swollen, or bruised, but these side effects often go away within a few days. Take medications as directed by your dentist and ice the treatment area if needed to enhance comfort. Take it easy for a day or two.

After your graft has healed and bone regenerates, your dentist can place dental implants in your jawbone along with crowns, bridges, or dentures to give you a full set of natural-looking teeth and a beautiful smile. 

To learn more about bone grafts and find out if you’re a candidate for them, call the Hyattsville Dental Care office or book an appointment online today.