Bone Grafts Specialist

Dental bone grafts are needed when extensive damage has been done to the jaw bone by an illness or injury. At Westborough Dental Care, the doctor and her staff use dental bone grafts to restore stability to the facial structure and create a foundation for the teeth. Residents living in the South San Francisco, California area are encouraged to visit with Dr. Kristina Zoulas and her staff and discuss all of their dental needs and concerns.

Bone Grafts Q & A

by Kristina Zoulas, D.D.S.

What is a dental bone graft?

A dental bone graft is used when a person loses a portion of their jaw bone to disease or damage caused by an injury. Pieces of the hip bone may be put in place so the two bones can fuse together. A dental bone graft may be needed to rebuild the jaw or other bony structure if a portion is lost due to cancer or other degenerative bone disease. Bone grafts are used to stabilize the jaw and prevent future bone loss. Rebuilding the jaw bone allows for the use of dental implants that can successfully be used to restore a person's smile and maintain the natural structure of the face.

How long does a dental bone graft take to heal?

Just like any other type of broken bone, a bone graft can take from 6-8 weeks to fully heal. A piece of bone taken from another area of the body and attached to a prepared section of the jaw bone will eventually begin to fuse together just like two ends of a broken bone elsewhere in the body. Once the bone sections begin to fuse together, they'll create a bond that will hold both pieces together until they're fully healed. Because of the way the jaw is shaped, small screws or rods may be used to help the bones remain connected as the healing process begins.

When is a dental bone graft recommended?

A dental bone graft is often recommended when a patient is considering dental implants. For an implant to be secure, the metal post must be placed deeply into the bone. If the bone has started to deteriorate in any way, it may not be strong enough to hold the implant in place. A bone graft is used to create the proper amount of bone so the implant can be firmly secured in place. A bone graft may also be recommended if a person breaks their jaw or has their jaw broken to adjust for the use of certain dental appliances. The bone grafting procedure is relatively simple and will heal rather quickly compared to many other procedures.

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    "If I could give more stars, I would! The staff here are amazing! So gentle and kind... My time there was smooth and efficient and they didn't make me wait at all."

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    "I have been a patient for over 25 years. My appointment was for two filling upgrades and it was painless... Dr. Zoulas and Louis took excellent care of me!"

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Westborough Dental Care
3550 Callan Blvd
South San Francisco , CA 94080
Phone: 650-830-5252
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