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Bone Grafting

 For those with infected abscesses or bone tissue deterioration, our clinic offers Ogden patients innovative dental bone grafting treatments. These types of issues are often caused by missing teeth or gum disease, but can be resolved in the hands of the best periodontist in Ogden. Depending on your unique needs, our team will use one of the many types of bone grafting options, to restore your mouth to health. Dr. Aaron T. Ward, DMD, MS, PC is here to guide you through this process, and ensure your comfort and confidence every step of the way.

Bone Grafting Overview

Bone Grafting

Over time, the portions of the jawbone associated with missing teeth or high levels of gum disease can become atrophied or reabsorbed. Your bone structure may also be affected as a result of a traumatic injury, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. All of these conditions that affect your jawbone make it difficult to place dental implants. Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to place additional bone tissue in the affected area, helping to regrow or regenerate your jawbone so that it can support a dental implant. Dr. Aaron T. Ward may also recommend bone grafting for certain periodontal surgeries.

Jawbone Health

Bone tissue is maintained by use. Your teeth are embedded in your jawbone, and stimulate the bone tissues through regular movement. When teeth are missing, this stimulation no longer exists, and your bone tissue begins to break down.

Jawbone loss can cause problems with your appearance and your overall health. Common effects of jawbone deterioration include:

  • Problems with your remaining teeth – including but not limited to misalignment, loosening, and tooth loss
  • A collapsing facial profile
  • Limited support for your lips
  • Distortion of other facial features
  • Wrinkling of the skin around your mouth
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty speaking and communicating
  • Sinus expansion
  • Poor nutrition – a result of your inability to chew properly and without pain

Causes of Jawbone Deterioration

There are many reasons why your jawbone may become to deteriorate. The most common of these causes includes:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dentures and bridgework
  • Trauma
  • Misalignment
  • Osteomyelitis (bacterial infection of the bone and bone marrow of your jaw)
  • Tumors
  • Developmental deformities
  • Sinus deficiencies

For more information on bone loss, jawbone health, and bone grafting in Ogden, Utah, please contact us today and set up an appointment with our experienced periodontist.

Ridge Augmentation

Dr. Aaron T. Ward can perform a ridge augmentation to help recreate the natural contours of your gums and jaw following a tooth extraction. This procedure is recommended for both aesthetic purposes and to help support a dental implant. Call 801-394-6651 today to make your appointment with our periodontist and learn more about ridge augmentation in Ogden, Utah.

Ridge augmentation is a common bone grafting procedure used to recreate the natural contour of the gums and jawbone after tooth loss and bone loss. The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds and supports the roots of the teeth. This ridge may deteriorate after tooth loss or removal, leaving an indentation in the jawbone. Bone loss after tooth loss can not only affect your smile aesthetically, but it can also make tooth replacement more difficult. Our periodontist may recommend a ridge augmentation procedure to restore the original height and width of the alveolar ridge for aesthetic purposes or to allow the successful placement of a dental implant.

During the ridge augmentation procedure, our periodontist fills the indented area of the jawbone with bone grafting material. This helps to rebuild the alveolar ridge for a more natural appearance and to enable successful implant placement.

Ridge augmentation can often be performed immediately after the tooth is extracted to eliminate the need for a second procedure later. It may also, however, be performed at a later time to prepare for implant placement. For more information about ridge augmentation, we invite you to contact our office today. We look forward to taking care of your smile!

Sinus Augmentation

Sinus augmentations are a type of bone grafting treatment performed when preparing to place dental implants in the upper arch of your jaw. This treatment is designed to provide your implants with a secure foundation. Please contact the office of Aaron T. Ward, DMD, MS, PC at 801-394-6651 to learn more about sinus augmentation in Ogden, Utah, and to make your appointment with our periodontist.

A sinus lift, sometimes called a sinus augmentation, is a treatment that may be needed to add bone to the upper jaw in the area of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to enable successful implant placement. The maxillary sinuses are located above the upper jawbone on either side of your nose. When a tooth has been lost from the upper jaw, there may not be sufficient bone structure in the sinus region to place a dental implant. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss because the bone begins to be resorbed once the teeth have been lost or removed. If the teeth have been missing for a longer period of time, or if bone loss has occurred because of periodontal disease, this may further contribute to lack of bone for implant placement.

To supplement the bone structure and allow for the successful placement of a dental implant, our periodontist may recommend a sinus lift. During this procedure, we gently lift the sinus membrane and push it up and away from the jaw. We then add bone-grafting material in the area where the sinus was to add to the bone structure.

We typically allow a healing period of 4-6 months after this procedure so the grafted material can mesh with the natural bone. The dental implant can then be placed to replace the missing tooth. For more information about whether a sinus lift is right for your oral health needs, we invite you to contact us today.

Socket Preservation

Following the extraction of your tooth, our periodontist can provide you with a socket preservation treatment. This procedure helps to reduce shrinkage and collapse of soft tissues and bone deterioration, making it easier to place an implant later. This procedure is especially helpful if you have lost one of your front teeth. To make your appointment with Dr. Aaron T. Ward and to learn more about socket preservation in Ogden, Utah, please call our office at 801-394-6651.

If you are having a tooth extracted, our periodontist will likely recommend socket preservation to prevent bone loss once the tooth is extracted. After a tooth is extracted, the bone that surrounded and supported the tooth root (called the alveolar ridge bone) begins to deteriorate. A socket preservation bone graft will supplement your existing bone and maintain the structure of the ridge. This promotes a healthy recovery and will ensure that the area is able to support a tooth replacement, such as a dental implant or bridge.

Socket preservation has two main phases. First, when extracting the tooth, our periodontist will use careful techniques to preserve as much bone as possible. The second phase is to add bone replacement material to the extraction site to prevent the collapse of the socket. When performing this type of bone graft, we will thoroughly clean out the socket and insert a specially prepared human-grade bone. Then we will place a small absorbable plug or suture over the socket. We always place the bone graft on the same day as the tooth extraction for optimal results. To find out if this is an option for you, please speak with your periodontist.

For more information about socket preservation, we welcome you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to caring for your smile!

If your jawbone is not thick or dense enough, you may require bone grafting to support other treatments like dental implants. This is an oral surgery procedure, transplanting pieces of donor bone to your jawbone. These pieces are bone fragments or artificial bone material, which we get from a reputable, medical tissue bank. After the bone graft procedure, your jawbone will fuse and grow together with this new tissue, to create a stronger and more durable foundation. Your periodontist may suggest a bone graft, to prepare your jawbone for dental implants or other treatments.

There are several things that may cause bone loss or deterioration in the jaw, and using advanced scanning and exam techniques, our team can assess the state of your jawbone. Sometimes, after losing teeth or having a tooth extraction, an Ogden patients’ jawbone may begin deteriorating around the site. Other types of gum disease or tooth decay can affect the integrity of the jawbone. Bone graft procedures can be a great way to restore jaw health and stability, before proceeding with implants or other structural work. 

If you want to learn more about our Ogden dental bone grafting services, call 801-394-6651 to speak with one of our friendly team members. Dr. Aaron T. Ward and his staff are always here to take good care of you and your smile!

"I visited several dentists before choosing Doctor Ward. I can’t express how happy I am with my decision. I haven’t stopped smiling since I left his office. He was professional and friendly, as was his staff. If I had to undergo this procedure again I would choose Doctor Ward again and again. Thank you Doctor Ward and staff. You have changed my life forever!!!"

~Michael M.

"Amazing experience with Dr Ward and his staff! Dr Ward and his staff are caring and make your time with them fun and enjoyable. For the first time in along while I'm able to smile with confidence, thank you Dr Ward and your staff for putting love into your work."

~Kurt G.

"I've been very fortunate in selecting Dr. Ward to do the implant surgery I had been investigating for over a year. I am still going through the process, but I couldn't be happier with what he has done so far. I received a very thorough consultation before having the work done. The process was painless and recovery was a breeze. At my follow-up visits, he takes time to answer all my questions and makes sure that any issues I'm having are resolved. I trust his work and advice completely. His assistants and office staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Ward."

~LeAnn T.

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