Professional Bone Grafting
in Palm Harbor, FL

Keeping a healthy, confident smile requires more than just routine cleaning. In cases of bone loss in the jaw, a dental procedure known as bone grafting could be the ideal solution.
At Dunedin Family Dentistry, we specialize in bone grafting in Palm Harbor, FL, that empowers our patients with enhanced dental strength to pave the way for successful treatments and improved quality of life. Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to improving your oral health, enhancing your smile, and ensuring you are well-informed about the process.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting in dentistry is a transformative procedure for restoring the strength and structure of the jawbone. This technique involves transferring bone tissue from one part of the body or using a special grafting material to repair or rebuild damaged or missing bone in the jaw. This process not only paves the way for successful dental implants but also enhances the overall health and appearance of your smile.

What Happens During Our Bone Grafting Procedure?

Step 1: Consultation and Planning

We will conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health using X-rays or CT scans to evaluate the condition of your jawbone and determine the required bone graft type.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Graft Material

There are several types of graft materials, including autografts (from your body), allografts (from a donor), and synthetic options. The choice will depend on your needs.

Step 3: The Bone Grafting Procedure

After ensuring the area is numb with local anesthesia, we will make a small incision in your gum to access the bone beneath it. The selected graft material is then meticulously placed in the required area.

Step 4: Recovery and Regeneration

Initial healing might take about two weeks post-surgery, but the bone regeneration process can span several months. Following our care instructions is vital for a successful graft and optimal oral health during this time.

Step 5: Follow-Up and Further Treatment

Regular check-ups allow us to monitor the graft’s integration with your natural bone. Once healed adequately, we can proceed with further treatments like dental implants, if needed, to fully restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.

When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?

  • To Prepare for Dental Implants. Dental implants require a solid foundation. If your jawbone lacks the necessary strength or thickness due to bone loss, a bone graft can create a robust base for the implant, ensuring stability and longevity.

  • Following Tooth Extraction. After a tooth is removed, the empty space can lead to bone loss. Bone grafting soon after extraction can help preserve the jawbone structure.

  • To Combat Bone Loss From Gum Disease. Advanced gum disease can destroy the bone surrounding your teeth. Bone grafting in such cases can help regenerate lost bone and potentially prevent tooth loss.

  • For Sinus Lift Procedures. If you’re getting implants on your upper jaw and there’s not enough bone height, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, a sinus lift with bone grafting can create sufficient space and bone for implants.

  • To Support Orthodontic Treatments. In some cases, bone grafting can aid in orthodontic treatments by providing more bone support to the teeth, which can be particularly important when moving teeth into their correct positions.

Schedule a Consultation at Dunedin Family Dentistry to Learn More About Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is more than just a procedure; it’s a step towards a healthier, fuller smile and a more confident version of yourself. Our experienced team at Dunedin Family Dentistry is ready to guide you through every stage, from consultation to recovery, ensuring you understand and are comfortable with the process. 

Contact us today to book an appointment and discover how bone grafting can benefit you.