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Do you have teeth missing in your smile? And if so, are you hesitant to smile in social situations? Well, bone grafting can help you recover the smile you deserve. Thanks to dental implants made possible by bone grafting, your confident smile can be restored whether teeth have been lost to periodontal disease or injury. This is because dental implants have the ability to maintain healthy jaw structure in the process.

To successfully implant a restoration, a bone graft procedure helps your jaw prepare for the implant. To determine if a bone grafting procedure is needed, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz can evaluate your smile before hand with the help of X-rays or CT scans. If needed, the bone graft procedure will restore the bone needed to support your teeth.

A dental implant restoration is performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Gustavo Ruiz will need to make a narrow channel into the bone, and then insert a titanium post, also known as an “abutment”. We use titanium as it is biologically compatible with the body. Over time, the titanium post will successfully integrate with the bone by a process known as “osseointegration.”

Thanks to the modern marvels of bone grafting, you can have the smile you deserve. If you maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with regular professional dental checkups, your dental implants can last a lifetime!

To learn more about how bone grafting can help your smile, please contact Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and our team of periodontal specialists serving Periodontal and Implant Esthetics. We can be reached by phone at 813-289-3640 or at our office in Tampa, Florida.