Preparing Smiles For Dental Implants

Preparing Smiles For Dental Implants

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When you suffer from tooth loss, this could eventually lead to a weakened jaw and limit your ability to receive dental implants. But with jawbone grafting, we can use oral and maxillofacial surgery to rebuild your smile! Your Great River Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Dubuque, IA, can help restore your smile with grafting and implants.

Jawbone Loss and Grafting

When you lose your natural teeth, the body will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the lost tooth roots. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue itself begins to weaken and break down. The resulting loss of mass and density means the patient suffers further tooth loss and an aged appearance. This also means there may not be enough jawbone structure available to support dental implants, the most lifelike and secure tooth replacement option available. In order to replace what has been lost and make your smile implant-ready, you may benefit from jawbone grafting.


First, we will carefully examine your smile to assess the state of your smile and find out how much grafting is needed. We then plan and guide the process using the advanced images we’ve taken of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, our team will administer a local anesthesia to the area being treated, as well as dental sedation, which helps you enter a calm and relaxed state, even if you have dental anxiety. You remain calm and comfortable throughout the process. Everyone deserves to enjoy a positive treatment experience, and a more attractive and healthy smile too!

Dental Implants Placement

The grafting process involves applying new tissues to the weakened parts of your smile. This could be taken from the rear of your jaw or your hip or knee, or from synthetic sources. After we complete the procedure, we will wait for the area to heal before administering dental implants. The implant posts act as new roots, which helps strengthen your jaw and the grafter portions, so your smile can stay whole and strong for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. If you have missing teeth and a weakened jaw, we can rebuild your smile and offer optimal results, so you feel confident when you laugh or smile. You will also be able to eat your favorite foods again!

If you have any questions about how we plan and implement this procedure, then contact our team today to learn more.

Schedule a Visit with Our Offices in Dubuque and Clinton IA, and Platteville, WI!

Our team wants to help you enjoy a full smile again! To learn more about our addressing your tooth loss, contact our team at the Great River Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by calling our Dubuque location at (563) 557-1440, Clinton at (563) 259-4349and Platteville at (608) 348-8955.