Bone Grafting (Osseous Augmentation Surgery, Guided Bone Regeneration) in Pasadena, CA
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What is Bone Grafting?
The strength of your jawbone is key to your general oral health. If your jawbone is weak from missing teeth or physical trauma, you may need to get a bone graft so the jaw can properly hold both your natural teeth and dental implants. A bone graft helps to augment and rebuild your jawbone until it is healthy enough to hold an implant. At The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery, this surgery is used to strengthen your mouth before implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Plan a consultation with Dr. Husam Elias at his office in Pasadena, CA to learn more about bone graft surgery.
What is the Bone Grafting Process?
You may have a weak jawbone if you have oral conditions, like gum disease, or if you had a physical trauma to your face. The jawbone may begin to atrophy if a tooth was missing, and it was either untreated or replaced with removable dentures or a cemented bridge. Bone graft surgery rebuilds the jaw so it can support a dental implant; however, you'll need to be patient with the process. Some procedures can take months to heal, but you will have a stronger, healthier jaw that will not only support your dental implant but also your natural teeth to give you a healthier mouth.
The process of bone grafting surgery will vary based on where the graft comes from and the amount of grafting needed. Your bone graft may be taken from one area of your body, such as your chin, shin, or hip, which is called an autograft. This may be completed in our office with local anesthesia and sedation or in a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft sources include an allograft that uses bone harvested from another person. A xenograft bone graft is taken from an animal, typically a cow. Another option is a synthetic bone graft known as an alloplast. In your consultative appointment, Dr. Elias will explain your grafting options and help you select the best method.
As soon as the bone graft is ready, Dr. Elias will numb the areas being treated and place an incision through the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. The bone graft will be affixed to your bone with proteins and collagen that stimulate growth in the graft. The incision will be sutured closed and the mouth will be cleaned. In the following 6 – 9 months, the graft should heal into your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. Within this time, it's important to follow a proper oral care routine with brushing and flossing, plus any additional products recommended by Dr. Elias. He may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after the bone graft. You may have follow-up appointments at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery to check your healing and to determine when your jawbone is strong enough for a dental implant.
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My experience with this office was absolutely stellar. Firstly, the staff welcomes you warmly when you arrive. Diana (doctor’s assistant) met me in the exam room. Diana has a way of instantly making you feel comfortable and any nervousness you may be feeling is dissipated.... Because you can’t stop laughing. Then enters Dr. Elias.... He is extremely approachable, honest, and knowledgeable. It doesn’t hurt that he has multiple degrees. I am ecstatic that I found this business:
Dr. Elias pulled my wisdom teeth out like they called his mamma fat or something! Surgery was quick and basically painless. Didn’t need any of the pain meds and was back at work two days later looking like a snack. Diane was the nurse that took care of me for most of the process and she was so wonderful, kind, funny and sweet. If my wisdom teeth every grow back, I will definitely be coming back to Dr. Elias immediately. Thank you!
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went here for wisdom teeth removal and Dr Stephens was great. we had a detailed consultation and decided which route was best, then Greg the anesthesiologist called me the night before to address any concerns I was having. The most positive surgery experience I could have had
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Strengthen Your Jawbone
Build up your jawbone so it can hold both dental implants and your natural teeth with surgical bone grafting at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery. At your appointment with Dr. Elias, you will learn more about your options and get a custom plan for treatment that will help give you a healthier jaw. Contact our office in Pasadena, CA to schedule your appointment.