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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.


We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.


Bone Grafting


Bone Grafting at West End Dental When you lose teeth, several things happen. First, your smile is significantly affected. Your speech suffers, and it becomes more difficult to bite and chew effectively. Under the gums, something else occurs, too. When you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone mass in the jaw. Dental implants are an incredibly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth that not only restore the functions of your missing teeth, but they also help to put an end to bone loss as well. However, without enough bone mass in your jaw, implants may not be successful. At West End Dental, we can help to make implants possible with bone grafting.

Bone Loss and Implant Success


One of the jobs of your teeth is to stimulate your jawbone. This stimulation is critical in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. When you suffer tooth loss, your jawbone loses some of its stimulation. This results in fewer nutrients being sent to the jaw, which causes it to grow weak over time. While dental implants help to stop and prevent bone loss, they require sufficient bone mass for support. If you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw cannot properly fuse to the posts, which can result in loose implants and unstable restorations. If you have lost too much bone mass to support dental implant posts, a bone graft can help to restore strength to your jaw, which then enables it to provide the necessary support for dental implant success.

Bone Grafting


Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone tissue from one area of the body, or from a compatible donor, and transplanting it to another area where bone is weak. In this case, the procedure involves transplanting bone mass to weak areas of your jawbone. Bone is generally taken from either your hip or tibia, or it is taken from a compatible donor from a tissue bank. After the graft is complete, your existing bone fuses to the graft material, restoring jaw strength, allowing for successful dental implant placement.

Types of Bone Grafting


There are a few different types of bone grafts that may be performed. During your initial consultation, we perform a thorough oral exam to determine your exact needs and go over your grafting options to determine the best type of graft for you.
•  Autograft. This is a graft that involves using your bone tissue. While an additional surgical site is needed, there is no risk for disease transmission or graft rejection.
•  Allograft. This type of graft uses donor bone tissue taken from a tissue bank. The tissue is screened before use to reduce the risk of disease transmission and rejection. There is not need for an additional surgical site to harvest bone tissue.
•  Xenograft. A xenograft uses tissue taken from a non-human species, usually a cow. Bone is processed at high temperatures to make it safe to use. Like an allograft, there is no need for an additional surgical site.
•  Alloplast. An alloplast involves the use of synthetic materials, such as demineralized bone matrix or bone morphogenic proteins.

Bone Grafting Surgery


Bone grafting is done using a surgical procedure. Surgery is performed under a local anesthetic as well as sedation, which helps to ensure optimal comfort. We begin by creating incisions in your gum tissue to expose the weak areas of bone. Next, the bone graft material is placed in your jaw. The gums are sutured closed, and you go home to begin the recovery process. Once you have fully healed, we can then begin the process of placing your dental implants.

With bone grafting, we can help to restore strength to your jawbone, increasing the success of dental implants for tooth replacement. For more information on bone grafting, and to schedule your consultation, call West End Dental at (503) 446-2957 today.
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