Bone Grafting

Restorative Dental Treatments in Hixson, TN

At Tennessee River Dental, our mission is to help each one of our patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Dr. Randall and our highly trained team work to personalize every patient's treatment plan, and we use the latest in cutting-edge dental technology to ensure you get the most effective, convenient treatment possible. We're proud to offer a wide variety of dental treatments to our patients, and while much of what we do is simple, routine care, we also offer more comprehensive restorative dental services like bone grafting.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure used to prepare a patient for dental implants. Without a doubt, dental implants offer one of the most effective, convenient, and long-lasting treatments for replacing one or multiple teeth – but for an implant treatment to succeed, the jawbone needs to be strong enough to support the implant completely. In some cases, particularly if a patient has worn dentures or is missing a tooth, the jawbone may be too thin or too soft to support a dental implant. In these cases, bone grafting can set the stage for a successful implant.

The Bone Grafting Process

Bone grafting is a simple minor surgical procedure that involves adding a small section supportive material to your jaw where the implant will be placed. In the past, we used to take bone from another part of your body to use as the graft, but today it's more common for us to use a different bone grafting material that doesn’t involve a second surgical site. We'll place the section of material into the jawbone at the site of the future implant, then let it heal and allow the new material to integrate with the jaw and grow new bone tissue. We may need to wait several months for enough bone to grow, but this will depend on the complexity of your case. Once the bone has grown in sufficiently, we'll proceed with a standard dental implant procedure that will provide you a natural-looking, strong, and reliable replacement tooth.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is an effective way to provide implants in cases where they wouldn't otherwise be feasible, and it comes with a variety of benefits:

  • Allows us to use implants in cases where we otherwise couldn't
  • Provides additional support for the gums and allows tooth replacements to be naturally shaped
  • Improves support for the implant and helps to prevent jawbone loss
  • After the surgery is complete and the implant has fully integrated with the bone, your new tooth can last a lifetime with proper care

Contact Your Hixson, TN Family Dentist

With bone grafting and dental implants, you don't have to deal with the difficulty and inconvenience of missing teeth – your new tooth is a natural part of your beautiful smile. If you're missing some or all of your teeth and think dental implants may be right for you, have more questions about the services we offer, or just want to talk about your dental health, we are always here to help you. Feel free to call us at 423-877-3848 with any questions, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Hixson, TN office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!