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The strength of your jawbone is vital to your total oral health. If your jawbone is weakened from missing teeth or physical trauma, you may need a bone graft so your jaw can properly fit both dental implants and your natural teeth. Bone grafting, also known as osseous surgery, helps to reinforce and rebuild your jawbone, so it is stable enough to hold an implant. At Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group, osseous surgery is performed on Chestnut Hill, Newton, Brookline, and surrounding area individuals to prepare the jaw for subsequent implant surgery to replace weak or missing teeth. To get more information on bone grafting, contact our Wellesley, MA dental office to schedule a consultation.

If you have certain oral conditions, like gum disease, or if you've experienced a physical trauma to your mouth, you may have a weak jawbone. The jawbone may begin to atrophy (deteriorate) if you are missing one or more teeth that haven't been treated or replaced with an implant. Bone graft surgery rebuilds the jaw so it can support a dental implant; however, you will have to be patient with the process. Bone grafting can take several months to heal, but you'll get a stronger, healthier jaw that will be able to support dental implants and your natural teeth to give you a healthier mouth.

Patient with Dr Rafla for 25 yrs - After a car accident at 19 yrs old my only option back then was dental bridges. At 40 yrs old with nerve pain & failing bridgework I saw Dr. Rafla for implants.He is a total professional & expert periodontist, as well as kind, caring person. My implants have not failed in 25 yrs. I moved to Maine to retire and when told to see a local periodontist I couldn't start with someone new. I drove 3 hrs back to Worcester, MA for a consult because I trust Dr. Rafla.

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I originally came to Dr Rafla in 2021 for an implant. I live in CT and I wasn't able to get an appointment in my area. Dr Rafla was recommended so I called. I got an appointment with a couple days. The implant was perfect and Dr Rafla is amazing. I have a dentist in Connecticut but I continue to see Dr. Rafla every six months for a cleaning and check up. The hygienists do an amazing job. My cleanings at Dr Rafla's office just feel cleaner than my regular dentist. I end up paying out of pocket, but it's worth it for the cleaning and the check up.

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Dr. Lee did an outstanding job on my 2 crows. Her assistant Jessica was very helpful during the procedure. Elizabeth is a wonderful hygienist and very knowledgeable. Liz at the desk was very helpful regarding my dental insurance questions. The Wellesley Office location is clean, bright, parking is available on-site with multiple spots. Office provide friendly environment. Thank you.

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Today was my first experience with Dr. Rafla and his wonderful, efficient, but most of all kind staff. I went to this very much dreaded appointment with no idea of what to expect. My poor teeth are so sore and they are making everything difficult. I have horrible gagging reflex which makes everything harder for those that are trying to take x rays to be able to guide me into having a proper diagnosis and treatment. Trust me when I say I was a difficult patient. I expected the doctor to say there wasn’t much hope for them. Instead after reviewing what I was giving him to work with he listed off the perfect game plan. All aspects would be easier on me and my issues and seem to offer a perfect solution. I hope Coach Bill Belechick has competition in writing a game plan. Dr Rafla can give him a run for his money. In no time at all Dr. Rafla had a plan devised to ease my pain and fix the pockets in my gums. I am anxious now to correct these problems and move forward with the plan Thank you Dr. Rafla and team for being both gentle and kind with me today.

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The exact process of your bone grafting procedure will vary based on the source of the graft and the amount of grafting being done. The type of bone grafts performed typically include:

  • Autograft: This is when bone is taken from your own body from areas like your shin, chin, or hip. This may be performed in our office with local anesthesia and sedation or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia.
  • Allograft: This type of graft harvests bone from another person.
  • Xenograft: Bone is taken from an animal, usually a cow, to perform this type of graft.
  • Alloplast: This type of bone graft is also known as a synthetic bone graft.

At your consultative appointment, we will go into detail about your different options and help you select the best bone graft for your needs. Once your graft is ready to be placed, we will numb the needed areas and make an incision through the gums to reveal the jawbone. The prepared graft, along with collagen and proteins that stimulate growth in the graft, will be attached to the jawbone. The gums will be stitched closed, and the mouth will be cleaned.

Over the following 6 – 9 months, the graft should heal and connect with your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this time, it's important to have a proper oral care routine with brushing and flossing plus any additional products recommended by our dental team. We may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to help subside discomfort and inflammation after the bone graft. You may have additional appointments at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group to check your healing and to determine when you are ready for a dental implant.

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We want to make getting quality dental care easy and affordable. Our office will call your insurance company to understand your coverage. Oftentimes, if it's medically necessary, at least part of your expenses for the procedure are usually covered. At your consultative appointment, we can create a cost estimate with or without dental insurance and discuss the various forms of payment we accept, including low-interest medical financing.

Rebuild Your Jawbone with a Bone Graft

Rebuild your jawbone so it can hold both dental implants and your natural teeth with bone graft surgery at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group. At our Wellesley, MA office, we offer a variety of bone graft options and can create a personalized treatment plan that will help give you a stronger jaw and healthier mouth. Contact our office in Wellesley, MA to make your appointment.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.