BONE AND SOFT TISSUE GRAFTING

Grafting procedures are done to restore your tissues to as close to their previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma.
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Many procedures require the bone and gum tissues be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. By restoring bone levels in your jaw, our team at VSP Dental can treat infections, replace missing teeth with restorations like dental bridges and dentures, and prepare you for dental implants. Dr. Patel utilizes recent advances in medicine, state-of-the-art technology, and minimally invasive techniques to allow patients to undergo grafting procedures and experience quick recovery without complications. 

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Dr. Vaibhavi Patel

Considered One of the Top General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentists in South-Central Virginia.

Patients throughout Virginia love Dr. Patel for her expertise in a wide range of dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants – including the full-mouth or “Teeth-in-a-Day” procedure – and sleep apnea. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and has advanced training in same-day smile design.

With such comprehensive dental knowledge, Dr. Patel is prepared to solve the most complex dental problems all under one roof. As a result, we save you time and money by delivering all of your care in one convenient location, without referring you to other offices all over town.

about BONE AND SOFT TISSUE GRAFTING

Why is grafting needed?
Bone and soft tissue grafts are used to restore deficient areas, thereby allowing for reconstruction possibilities otherwise absent.

After dental removal of teeth, the bone surrounding the missing tooth will slowly begin to resorb (i.e., shrink), resulting in a loss of bone height and width. As bone resorbs the overlying gum tissue, you will also lose both volume and the normal anatomic form. This loss of bone and gum tissue following a tooth extraction often results in functional and cosmetic defects, leaving an unsightly collapsed appearance.

At VSP Dental, Dr. Patel takes a proactive stance on tissue preservation. Bone and gum tissue loss following teeth removal can either be significantly reduced or eliminated thanks to advances in grafting procedures and bioengineering. For example, following a tooth extraction, a specially bioengineered dental bone graft material is placed within the extraction socket. The bone graft material supports new bone growth and has been shown to preserve bone and overlying soft tissue following tooth removal.
What is the process of Bone Grafting?
Grafting is a safe procedure, and we can discuss your options in-depth with you before the surgery takes place to ensure you’re receiving the appropriate type of treatment for your needs. You’ll typically be given a local anesthetic to reduce pain while the procedure is taking place and can opt for intravenous sedation if you need it. Once the procedure is completed, you will be provided with antibiotics and medication for pain if required. You will be advised not to consume specific foods to avoid putting pressure on the graft. You should be able to carry on with your day-to-day life as usual while the graft is healing.
Who is a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is ideal for anyone wishing to add implants to their mouths but doesn’t currently have enough bone for them to be installed safely or securely. If you require a bone graft for a dental implant, contact our office and come in for a bone graft consultation.
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