Ridge augmentation, sinus lifts, bone grafts, kind of all fall under what we call regenerative therapy. We’re trying to regrow what the disease has destroyed because you need to have a certain amount of bone to be able to place an implant. And due to either periodontal disease or possibly a infection that you had, a tooth fractured below the gum and they have to remove bone to get the tooth out, then we’re gonna have to rebuild some of that bone because the implant is essentially a tooth root that goes in the bone. There has to be an adequate amount of bone to place that to make it stable, just like a tooth is stable.
So what we do is we’ll place bone in a socket. A new bone will grow. Sometimes that happens on the upper jaw and there’s a sinus there. So that’s a limiting factor. We can’t put an implant in the sinus. So we do a procedure called a sinus lift. We gently raise the sinus up, we add bone kind of to regenerate that bone, to increase the height of the bone, and then that allows us to place the implant. Sometimes again, we’re able to do that. At this time of the sinus lift, we can place the implant. In very rare cases we can’t, but we will look at a CT scan and be able to determine that. So you’ll know before we go in, yes, we can do this, or no we can’t. It’s gonna take this period of time or longer.
Prepare for Implants With Bone Grafts in St. Petersburg
There are numerous reasons for bone loss to happen in your mouth. It’s common if you have suffered from tooth loss or advanced periodontal disease. Whether you are pursuing dental implants or rebuilding your dental health following periodontal disease, bone grafts in St. Petersburg can help. A graft will:
- Prepare you to receive implants
- Replenish bone loss in your jaw and around your teeth
- Improve your oral function and dental health
- Help avoid tooth loss
- Bring you one step closer to enjoying your favorite meals
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Strengthen Your Jaw With a Bone Grafting Procedure
When you get a procedure like bone grafting, you want to trust who is treating you. You can count on Dr. Crawford’s 25-plus years of experience. As a periodontist, he has extensive knowledge about dental implant procedures. In addition, his specialty requires him to have at least three years of education beyond his doctorate degree. Dr. Crawford has gone above and beyond this, since he values ongoing education.
Here is what you can expect with your bone grafting:
- Dr. Crawford will do a thorough exam. We’ll also take digital X-rays and 3-D scans of your mouth to plan for the procedure.
- He’ll discuss what you can expect and answer your questions. We want you to feel confident before the procedure begins.
- We’ll numb your mouth with local anesthesia, so you don’t feel anything. Sedation options are also available.
- Next, he’ll place the bone material in your jaw. After the procedure, it will take time for your mouth to heal and for new bone to grow. After some time has passed, you’ll return to our office to move forward with your implant placements, if that’s why you are receiving a grafting.
- There may be other procedures involved to make you a candidate for implants. Dr. Crawford will discuss what’s needed during your treatment planning process.
Dr. Crawford provided exceptional and compassionate service by helping me fix my left front tooth, which is an implant that fell out of my mouth this morning. Dr. Crawford, accompanied by his wonderful wife, Madelyn came to the office, even during this Memorial Day holiday weekend to bring healing and to restore me to my former self.They were warm, kind, and I felt as if I were a family member. God’s blessings upon the entire Crawford family and office staff. I definitely recommend Dr. Crawford’s office to anyone looking for a highly skilled and empathetic specialty dentist. This is a holiday weekend and Dr. Crawford didn’t even charge me. That’s Grace from on high. Thank you God for giving Dr. Crawford wisdom and knowledge to do such intricate work.
I’ve been a patient with Dr Crawford for nearly 25 years. He and his staff are very up to date on new procedures, very friendly, efficient easy to work with if you need to rearrange appointments and helpful dealing with insurance. I think you would have a hard time finding another office with more knowledge and experience to handle your periodontal issues.
Dr Crawford and his staff are very professional yet very personal. They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. They listen to your problem and try to find a quick solution. I am so happy that my dentist referred me to them. Choosing a dentist is an easy. They have opened up the office, especially for me to get some thing done hands-down the best.
Dr Crawford and his staff are wonderful. They are friendly, competent, and compassionate. They make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The office is immaculate and the decor pleasing. They have taken care of my teeth for decades. I seriously doubt I would still have my own teeth if it were not for their care. And I am 80 years old!
I recommend Dr Crawford without hesitation.
My whole experience has been amazing. The entire office is professional, friendly, and very talented. Dr Crawford is so kind. I feel so lucky to have found him. I had 2 implants and I couldn’t be happier!
My procedure fixed a gum recession issue on my lower left. Dr Crawford and his staff were very thorough and all went well. It’s been two months now and the graft is healing up nicely. All of the follow up appointments went smoothly and on time. No issues what so ever.
The most amazing dentist/surgeon! The entire staff works as a team and make me feel like family. Dr Crawford is the very best and does excellent work! They gave me my smile back! Highly recommended 10 star for sure!!
I loved the care and treatment I received on my teeth today but also the registered hygienist was very professional and personable. Really I felt a sense of relief and not downgraded as in the past. I want to work with her again! Dr Crawford was great as always!!! Thanks. For once I felt good leaving the dental office.
I have been a patient and recommended patients to Dr. Crawford for many years. He and his staff have always been very professional and accommodating . The quality of his work is excellent. If you need a periodontist Dr Crawford is the Dr. to see.
Every single person in the office was so welcoming, attentive and personable. I felt that I had made new friends and not just met new staff. I am so very happy that I chose Dr. Crawford and his amazing staff!!
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking synthetic bone material and placing it in the jaw where there has been bone loss. The goal is to stimulate new bone growth, so your implants have a strong foundation. The procedure is quick but takes several months for your bone to respond and heal.
Bone grafts may be necessary if you are getting dental implants. It depends on whether you have significant bone loss in the jaw due to tooth loss or gum disease. A bone graft will strengthen the jaw to provide support for implants. However, not all patients will need a bone graft. Dr. Crawford will discuss whether it’s necessary during your consultation.
Bone grafts are typically performed with a local anesthetic, so you will not feel pain during the procedure. Sedation options are also available. You may experience discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions to help you manage discomfort and promote a healthy recovery.