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Bone Grafting

Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and other oral health problems affect overall dental health, causing side-effects that range from irritation to tissue loss. One of the more serious issues associated with lasting dental problems is the recession of underlying bone. This tissue depletion weakens the foundation teeth rely on to remain strong and functional. Dr. O’Connor is equipped to treat bone resorption and reverse depletion through bone grafting.

Is Getting a Bone Graft a Serious Procedure?

Although it sounds complex, receiving a bone graft is an easy procedure for your dentist. Grafting tissue requires little to no downtime beyond taking prescribed medication as recommended and caring for your smile according to provided instructions. Bone grafting is a successful procedure that restores vital oral health and creates a strong base for restorations to be added as needed. If problematic teeth need to be extracted and replaced, a bone graft promotes successful implant procedures and helps the shape of your face retain a natural aesthetic.

How the Procedure Works

Using bone tissue from your own body, or other biocompatible alternatives, bone grafts are placed at the site of the missing tooth. Bone grafts strengthen bone density and can be placed right after extraction or if teeth have been missing a while. After the graft has been added, soft tissue is restored and sealed and you will be given medication to prevent infection. It’s that simple. After the procedure, you will need to avoid touching the treatment site and choose soft foods or liquids in the first few days immediately following treatment. Daily saltwater rinses keep the area clean and aid the healing process.

If available and necessary, your own bone can be used and is typically taken from the chin, shin, or hip bone. These areas provide extraneous tissue, taking a graft here won’t change how any of these parts of your body function. If you opt out of using your own bone, safe and effective alternatives are available. Choosing outside donor tissue does not decrease the chance of success, nor will it change the steps involved in the procedure, beyond limiting the number of treatment sites.

How Bone Grafting Improves Dental Restorations

Often used in conjunction with other procedures, bone grafting provides the proper foundation for full smile restoration. Dental implants sometimes require extra support if the jaw has been affected, providing plenty of tissue for successful placement and osseointegration. Grafting also restores facial appearances, as depleted bone volume can make patients look prematurely aged. Bone grafting helps Dr. O’Connor provide you with the best treatment possible.

Ask Us about Grafting Procedures

Call us today for a consultation. If you’re looking for restorative procedures but have been told you need a bone graft first, we can help.


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Which Kind of Sedation is Right for Me?

When visiting our dental office, you are treated to the utmost in gentle dentistry. We offer sedation dentistry options to enhance your dental experience and promote worry-free treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation and which method would work best for you, please read on.

Sedation Dental Options: Picking What Works

Sedation is the perfect solution to the fears that keep many patients from visiting the dentist, helping to relieve phobia brought on by sights and sounds involved in procedures. In general, sedation options most commonly found at the dental office are nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, which is pill-form medication.

Laughing Gas – This inhalant is a sedative that helps many patients with mild to moderate dental phobia feel relaxed and peaceful while in the dental office. Nitrous is inhaled through a small hood placed over the nose and is fast acting; you’ll begin to feel calm and relaxed in a matter of minutes. Nitrous can also be reversed promptly by inhaling pure oxygen.

Oral Conscious Sedation – This form of sedation dentistry creates a deeper feeling of relaxation that has a longer half-life – the time in which the relaxation effect lingers. Safely administered to patients who are in overall good health and effective for longer appointments, this method enhances the pleasant, amnesiac effect of sedation. Your appointment will seem to have only taken a few minutes, during which you experience no discomfort.

Our dentist and team cater to fearful patients by providing effective sedation dentistry that is customized to your needs. If you’re curious about which option is ideal for you, it’s important to consider your level of anxiety and the length of scheduled procedures. Patients who are in for a routine filling or teeth cleaning can benefit from laughing gas, while patients who are booked for complex restorations may consider the oral conscious method.

How Sedation Promotes Better Dental Health

Sedation indirectly contributes to healthier smiles in patients who have avoided dental care due to high anxiety. By avoiding the dentist, patients are prone to dental caries, gum disease, and other common problems that compromise oral health in and contribute to tooth loss and serious damage.

With relaxing and comfortable dentistry provided through the use of sedative medication, patients can confidently seek the treatment they need to restore teeth and/or prevent the development of serious issues. When more complex problems are present, sedation services make completion of advanced restorations much easier to handle.

Ask Dr. O’Connor about Dental Sedation

We’re happy to provide sedation dentistry in conjunction with complex implant placement and restoration for patients who are anxious about their upcoming procedures. We encourage patients of all needs to contact our office to learn more about how they can benefit from sedation dental care.