A Bone Graft…

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Strengthens the Jawbone

By triggering new bone growth, a bone graft not only makes the jawbone stronger but can halt the deterioration that usually follows tooth loss. 

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Improves Oral Health

A weak jawbone can undermine your long-term oral health, leaving you more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay. A bone graft can consequently boost your overall health

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Is as Effective as Natural Tissue

A study published in Oral & Implantology found that implants anchored in regenerated bone tissue are just as successful as those placed in natural bone

What does a bone graft look like in action

Bone Grafting

Is the procedure really effective

You Can Count on a High Rate of Success

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*According to Oral & Implantology

When might a bone graft be recommended?

Restoring Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

Soon after teeth fall out, the jawbone tissue begins to recede because it is no longer stimulated by the tooth roots. If you have waited to replace missing teeth, it is likely that you have experienced jawbone atrophy. This can impact your candidacy for dental implants since the posts require sufficient jawbone tissue to hold the implant securely in place. However, bone grafting can often improve your eligibility for dental implants by supplementing the tissue that has been lost. 

Do I qualify for bone grafting?

Your Doctor Will Evaluate:

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Extent of Bone Resorption

The doctor will recommend one of several types of bone grafting to address your condition depending on the location and amount of tissue that has been lost. 

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Your Oral Health

You should be free of other oral health issues before undergoing bone grafting. Any existing conditions, such as gum disease should be treated first. 

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Your Overall Health

If you have certain medical conditions such as an autoimmune disorder, you may be at a higher risk of complications because it impairs your ability to heal properly.

Is receiving a bone graft painful?

Bone Grafting Is Relatively Painless

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As a holistic dental practice, we are focused on our patients' safety and comfort. We thoroughly plan your procedure and use minimally invasive techniques to ensure our bone grafting procedures are as painless as possible. Additionally, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the treatment area and sedation can be provided to help you feel at ease throughout the procedure. 

How does bone grafting work?

Is healing after the treatment an intensive process?

PRF Can Expedite Healing

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We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) at our Vancouver practice to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures. PRF uses your body's own growth factors to stimulate healing of hard and soft tissues. These growth factors are separated from your blood using advanced technology. When applied to the grafted area, it can promote the tissues to begin healing, allowing for a more pleasant recovery.

What does the bone grafting procedure entail?

A General Overview of the Procedure

Depending on the type of bone graft you receive, your procedure will vary. Some bone grafts are more complex than others, however, they share several basic steps. Bone grafting is an outpatient procedure so you will be able to return home shortly after surgery.

We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures.

Day of Procedure

We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures.

Planning

We will thoroughly examine your jawbone and discuss your health and goals to determine the best course of action.

Preparation

Anesthetic and sedation will be provided before surgery. The doctor will then create an incision in the gums.

Graft Placement

The synthetic material or grafted tissue will then be carefully placed in the recessed areas of the jawbone. 

Closing Incisions

The incisions will then be closed using a small number of sutures.

Our Vancouver team will guide you through your recovery...

Tips to Ensure a Healthy Recovery

Bone grafts are performed on an outpatient basis, so you will get to go home on the same day of your surgery. If you received oral sedation in addition to local anesthesia, you will need a trustworthy friend or family member to drive you home following your surgery. 

Immediately after your bone augmentation, you should:

  • Avoid hot foods or drinks because they can trigger bleeding
  • Avoid strenuous exercise that can trigger bleeding
  • Keep the augmentation site clean and dry 
  • Take your medications as prescribed

Although the recovery time varies from patient to patient, most are fully healed within three months. Because habits like smoking can slow down your body's healing ability and increase the risk of infection, you should avoid it before and after your surgery. One your graft is healed, you will come back to our Vancouver office to complete the next phase of your treatment.

Offering Holistic Dental Care

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At Enlighten Dental in Vancouver, we work closely with Kinetic Patterns Medical Clinic to provide holistic dentistry treatments. 

Together, we can design treatment protocols customized to your health needs. Schedule an appointment today by calling (604) 876-9228 or contacting us online.

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Been visiting the office for dental work and holistic healing for a long time. Staff go out of their way to accommodate clients and make the visit pleasant. Great technical expertise and demonstrated skill. Ara is friendly and has helped me tremendously. Only place for me. Andy M.

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Been visiting the office for dental work and holistic healing for a long time. Staff go out of their way to accommodate clients and make the visit pleasant. Great technical expertise and demonstrated skill. Ara is friendly and has helped me tremendously. Only place for me. Andy M.

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Vancouver Office

805 W Broadway
Ste 701 Vancouver, BC V5Z1K1

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (604) 876-9228

Message

Been visiting the office for dental work and holistic healing for a long time. Staff go out of their way to accommodate clients and make the visit pleasant. Great technical expertise and demonstrated skill. Ara is friendly and has helped me tremendously. Only place for me. Andy M.