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Bone Augmentation Treatment in Laguna Hills, CA

Rebuild Jawbone Loss with Bone Grafting Materials

Advanced technology at Loberg Dental Center - Laguna HillsWhile dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, achieving a confident smile and optimal oral health may require additional preparation. At Löberg Dental Center, we understand the importance of a strong foundation for successful implant placement.  This is where bone augmentation comes in.

Dr. Leif Löberg, a leading dentist in Laguna Hills, CA, offers expert bone augmentation procedures to ensure your dental implant journey is smooth and successful. We provide customized treatment plans to address your unique needs and create a lasting foundation for a lifetime of smiles. Call our office at (949) 586-1930 to learn more. 


What is Bone Augmentation?

Bone augmentation, also known as dental bone grafting, is a surgical procedure that promotes the regeneration or reinforcement of jawbone tissue. This treatment is performed when the existing bone structure is insufficient for specific dental procedures, such as:

  • Dental Implant Surgery: A strong, healthy jawbone is crucial for the successful placement and long-term stability of dental implants.
  • Jawbone Defects: Injury, disease, or congenital conditions can cause missing or weakened bone sections.
  • Periodontal Procedures: Severe gum disease can lead to bone loss around natural teeth, requiring augmentation for support.


Bone Augmentation Materials

patient smiling while sitting in dental chairLöberg Dental Center utilizes various bone augmentation materials to best suit your individual needs.  Here are some common options:

  • Autogenous Grafts: These grafts use your bone tissue harvested from another location in the jaw, typically the chin or wisdom tooth area. This offers excellent biocompatibility and promotes faster healing.
  • Allografts: These grafts involve sterilized bone tissue donated by individuals and processed in a tissue bank.
  • Xenografts: These grafts utilize bone tissue derived from animal sources, often cow bone, processed to be biocompatible for human use.
  • Synthetic Bone Substitutes: Synthetic bone grafts are biocompatible materials that mimic the natural bone structure and provide a scaffold for new bone growth.


Benefits of Bone Augmentation

Dental bone graft surgery offers numerous advantages for your oral health and overall well-being:

  • Improved Facial Aesthetics: Bone loss in the jaw can cause facial collapse and a sunken appearance. Augmentation helps restore a natural facial contour.
  • Preserve Oral Health: A healthy jawbone provides a strong base for your teeth and prevents further bone deterioration.
  • Enhanced Chewing Function: A stronger jawbone allows for better chewing ability and improved digestion.
  • Increased Confidence: A restored smile and improved facial appearance can boost confidence and self-esteem.


Candidacy for Bone Augmentation

dentist speaking to patient in dental chairNot everyone requires bone augmentation.  Here are some factors that Dr. Löberg will consider to determine your candidacy:

  • The Extent of Bone Loss: The severity of bone resorption will influence the need and type of augmentation procedure.
  • Overall Health: Individuals with certain medical conditions or undergoing specific medications might require additional evaluation before candidacy.
  • Dental Health: The presence of gum disease or other oral health issues may need to be addressed before bone augmentation.
  • Dental Goals: If you are considering dental implants or other procedures requiring a strong jawbone structure, bone augmentation might be necessary.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Löberg for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if bone augmentation is the right solution for you.


The Bone Augmentation Process

Consultation and Planning

Dr. Leif Löberg prioritizes patient comfort and utilizes advanced techniques to ensure a smooth bone augmentation experience. The journey begins with a thorough consultation and planning phase.  

Based on this comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Löberg will develop a personalized treatment plan, outlining the specific details of the procedure and the type of bone augmentation material best suited for your needs.

Pre-surgical Preparation

Following the consultation, pre-surgical preparation ensures a successful procedure. Dr. Löberg will provide detailed instructions regarding any necessary pre-surgical steps, such as fasting or adjusting medications. Antibiotics might also be prescribed to minimize the risk of infection before and after surgery.

The Bone Augmentation Procedure

The bone augmentation procedure prioritizes patient comfort. Local anesthesia or sedation dentistry helps ensure you’re relaxed throughout. Dr. Löberg begins by creating a small incision in the gum tissue to access the targeted bone area to place the chosen bone grafting material.

Dr. Löberg then gently places the bone graft material and secures it using sutures, membranes, or other materials to promote integration with existing bone. Finally, the surgical site is meticulously sutured closed to begin healing.


Aftercare for Bone Augmentation

Following bone augmentation surgery, following Dr. Löberg's aftercare instructions is crucial for optimal healing and successful outcomes.  These may include:

  • Pain Management: Medication will be prescribed to manage any post-operative discomfort.
  • Diet Restrictions: Soft foods are recommended for the initial healing period to minimize strain on the surgical site.
  • Oral Hygiene: Meticulous oral hygiene practices are essential to prevent infection and promote healing.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Regular check-ups with Dr. Löberg are necessary to monitor healing progress and ensure proper integration of the graft material.

By following these guidelines and Dr. Löberg's specific instructions, you can ensure a smooth recovery and maximize the success of your bone augmentation procedure.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does bone grafting hurt?

While bone grafting is a surgical procedure, discomfort is minimized through local anesthesia or sedation dentistry during the surgery itself. You may experience some mild soreness, but any discomfort can be alleviated with prescription medications.

How long does bone grafting take?

The duration of a bone grafting procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of bone graft or augmentation required. It typically ranges from 30 minutes to a few hours. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide a more accurate estimate during your consultation.

How long does a dental bone graft last?

Dental bone grafts are designed to integrate with your existing bone tissue and become a permanent part of your jawbone. With proper care and healing, a successful healthy bone tissue graft can last a lifetime.

Do bone grafts change face shape?

Bone loss in the jaw can sometimes lead to a sunken facial appearance. Bone graft surgery and augmentation procedures aim to restore lost bone volume, potentially leading to a fuller and more natural facial contour. However, the primary purpose of bone grafting is to create a strong foundation for dental implants or other procedures, and changes in facial shape are a secondary benefit.


Improve Your Dental Implant Candidacy with Bone Grafting

Don’t let jawbone loss stop you from achieving the strong, healthy smile you deserve. Dr. Löberg and our caring team in Laguna Hills, CA, provide patient-oriented care to determine the best way to boost your implant candidacy. 

Ready to embark on the path to a stronger, healthier smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Löberg today! Call us at (949) 586-1930! We’re currently accepting new and existing patients from Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, and surrounding areas. 

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