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Toronto, On Periodontist Provides Bone Grafting Procedures
Toronto, ON-Dental implants are becoming one of the most popular methods of tooth restoration. They are often desired for their natural look and feel, but dental implants offer many other benefits to patients in need of tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, these prosthetics actually prevent bone loss in the jaw and allow their wearers to talk, eat, and smile with ease and do not require special cleaning. Implant-restored crowns are by far the best option of tooth restoration available today.
However, not everyone is a great candidate for dental implant surgery. Because the implant is placed directly into the jaw, the procedure requires a certain amount of bone to be present in order to support the prosthetic. For people who have suffered bone loss, whether due to injury or disease, the likelihood that dental implants will be successful are slim.
Their chances are getting better, though, thanks bone grafting. People who desire dental implants but are considered somewhat risky candidates can undergo a routine one grafting procedure to build up bone in the jaw, which will hold the implant. Most often, the grafting material is processed bone that provides a base on which the body will deposit new bone cells-almost as if the body is regenerating bone material. Other grafting materials are synthetic and come in a variety of forms: powder, putty, or even gel. Once enough bone material has been established, dental implants can be inserted.
Periodontist Dr. Andrea Johnstone offers bone-grafting procedures for Toronto residents who would like to receive dental implants but may not have the preferred amount of bone left in the jaw to perform the procedure. Bone grafting might also be a viable option for people looking to find an alternative to their uncomfortable and burdensome dentures.
What to Expect from a Bone Grafting Procedure
A bone-grafting procedure can usually be performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. The grafting material can be placed into the tooth socket immediately following extraction, but it can also be inserted into an area where teeth have been missing for years.
There are very few safety concerns involved with bone grafting-in fact, with materials that are processed from your own bone, there are no risks at all that your body will reject the grafting material. Materials obtained elsewhere are extensively tested, and therefore pose little threat to patients. Mineral graft materials are unique in that they do not remain in the body but are rather absorbed and replaced by naturally bone over time.
Patients may experience some soreness in the jaw after a bone-grafting procedure in Toronto, but very few patients report pain that was not easily remedied with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Recovery time for this procedure is relatively short, but it can take up to seven months for bone regrowth to be sufficient enough to support an implant.
For more information about dental implants and bone grafting procedures in Toronto, call (647) 348-4867 today.
About Johnstone Periodontics: Dr. Andrea Johnstone is a board certified periodontist in Toronto who provides comprehensive periodontal care to patients including implant surgical procedures. She has a special interest in soft tissue grafting for teeth and implants and regenerative surgery. Dr. Johnstone completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and received her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. She then completed a residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and received her Masters of Science (Periodontology) at the University of Toronto. Working alongside Dr. Johnstone is Dr. Jordan Bender who is also a board certified periodontist in Toronto, ON. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Toronto in 2001 with the highest overall achievement in the third and fourth years of his program. He completed a residency program at Mt. Sinai Hospital and received his specialty training and a Masters of Science in Periodontology from the University of Toronto.