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At Grand River Dental, Dr. Malin offers a long-term solution that addresses the root of these problems with bone grafting and bone grafting with a sinus lift. These procedures help restore bone density and volume to restore the youthful strength and comfort of a healthy, attractive, and functional mouth.

Accomplished bone grafting expert, Dr. Leo Malin

Dr. Malin is experienced and highly accomplished in bone grafting. Since starting practice in 1991, he has stayed current with the latest developments in bone grafting techniques through extensive continuing education.

He is also an experienced teacher of bone grafting techniques to other practitioners, holding directorships in two advanced dental continuing education institutes where he teaches bone grafting and dental implant placement courses.

The benefits of dental bone grafting at Grand River Dental

At Grand River Dental, we are an all-inclusive clinic that will take you through the entire procedure with comfort, ease, and with final results that leave you smiling and enjoying life. Bone grafting may be an important step in your journey to a healthy, pain-free mouth and delivers some life-changing benefits:

  • The procedure is safe, easy, and effective
  • Minimally-invasive procedure
  • Provides stable support for dental implants
  • Allows you to receive implants in places where you have suffered severe bone loss
  • Helps prevent further bone degradation over time
  • Helps restore a more natural, youthful facial shape

Why choose us?

At Grand River Dental, our dentists, Dr. Leo Malin, and Dr. Rachel Malin, strongly believe that dental pain can be avoided for a happier, healthier life. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile and the ability to eat and enjoy food comfortably, and we make that happen. Our dentist team is focused on whole-mouth reconstruction with the and we have almost three decades of helping patients restore a healthy smile.

You may have struggled in the past to have your problems solved with stop-gap solutions that did not fully resolve your dental or oral problems.

As soon as you walk through our doors, your struggle is over. We solve problems at their source and help you with live-changing bone grafts that restore your mouth’s strength and structure.

We provide a start-to-finish solution for any problem or concern you may have, and we are more than happy to help you achieve your goals. With our in-office lab technician and highest-quality equipment, we’re able to take care of everything under one roof. Call us today to schedule your private consultation with us – we look forward to meeting you! Our father-daughter team of dentists is here to help you restore your smile.

How bone is lost

Your teeth are anchored in sockets on a platform of bone known as the alveolar ridge. Strong connective tissue and bone firmly support your teeth in their positions on the ridge and keep them stable. When that bone deteriorates, the support your teeth need to remain healthy becomes weak or nonexistent.

Your jawbone needs the pressure from biting and chewing to maintain its density and volume. When you have missing teeth or your bite is misaligned, that pressure is missing. This causes the bone in your jaw to progressively dissolve, gradually diminishing the height of your dental ridge. Bone loss can also be caused by gum disease, bite misalignment, having teeth missing, or injury to existing teeth. It can also occasionally occur as a result of a bacterial or viral infection.

Wearing dentures accelerates bone loss

The biting and chewing pressure from dentures do not provide the type of stimulation needed to maintain the bone density and volume of your jaw. In fact, the pressure exerted by dentures accelerates the rate of bone loss. As the bony ridge loses height and thickness, the lower third of your face will eventually get a “collapsed” and prematurely aged look.

The shrinking of your jawbone will cause your dentures to become loose, requiring regular refitting. When bone loss has become severe, it can eventually get to a point where no denture can be made to fit well.

The bone loss that occurs due to missing teeth will eventually result in a sunken dental ridge.

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Am I a candidate for dental bone grafting?

Ideal candidates for dental bone grafting are men and women who suffer from bone loss in their upper or lower jaw and want to restore a healthier, pain-free mouth. When you arrive at Grand River Dental, we will begin with a free consultation to evaluate your teeth and jaw. During this consultation, we will help determine whether dental bone grafting is right for you. Our father-daughter dental team of Dr. Leo Malin and Dr. Rachel Malin are committed to ensuring you have a comfortable and stress-free experience, from start to finish.

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How bone grafting works

Bone grafting is done to grow new bone, replacing the bone that was lost. Dr. Malin uses the most appropriate type of bone grafting material and places it into the area where the bone is missing to generate new bone tissue.

The graft material itself does not become the new bone. It stimulates the body to generate new bone tissue and indicates the space into which bone can grow. As the new bone tissue fills the space, the graft material harmlessly dissolves into the bloodstream.

Bone grafts for dental implants

In the majority of cases, the bone graft and the dental implant are placed as part of the same procedure. However, there can be times where bone loss has been so severe that bone grafting has to be performed and allowed to heal before an implant can be placed. In this case, Dr. Malin will insert the graft, cover it, and allow the bone to regenerate over the next several months before proceeding with your implant treatment.

Rebuilding bone in the tooth socket for a future dental implant

When a tooth is extracted, the bone in the surrounding area will gradually diminish in volume unless this is prevented through treatment. Bone graft material can be placed in the space left by the extracted tooth, generating new bone to maintain the shape, volume, and bone density of that area. This procedure is known as socket preservation.

Socket preservation makes it possible for an implant to be placed at a future date because implants need a certain amount of bone support to be stable. It is sometimes also possible to place a bone graft and an implant at the same time immediately after tooth extraction.

The “sinus lift” bone graft for back upper teeth

There are two sinus cavities located above the back teeth in your upper jaw, one on either side of your face. When you lose teeth that are located under a sinus cavity, bone is lost in the surrounding area, and the sinus cavity floor sinks down into the upper jawbone. This can make the bone around the lost tooth too shallow for a dental implant to be securely placed.

To remedy this situation, Dr. Malin will place bone graft material along the bottom of your sinus cavity. This will generate the bone depth required for an implant in the back of your upper jaw. The procedure to raise the sinus floor for added bone volume is called a sinus lift.

Advanced technology for minimally invasive bone grafting

Our dentists uses advanced technology to make bone grafting minimally invasive, precise, and efficient.

3D imaging technology for accurate treatment planning

The first step of any bone grafting procedure is using our state-of-the-art cone beam 3D CT scanner to obtain 360-degree views of your teeth and entire jawbone. The images will show your exact bone levels and can be magnified and viewed from any angle for a highly accurate and fully comprehensive view. With this detailed information, Dr. Malin can precisely plan out your bone grafting treatment ahead of time. This advanced imaging technology avoids the need for invasive exploratory surgery and allows him to perform your bone grafting accurately and efficiently.

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Ultrasonic surgery unit

In some cases, some of the bone surfaces at the grafting site may need to be modified or sculpted before the bone graft is placed. Dr. Malin will use an ultrasonic surgical instrument to penetrate or sculpt these hard surfaces and bones. This device uses a special tip that vibrates at a specific frequency to precisely carve bone while leaving any surrounding soft tissues unaffected. This technology is more accurate and much less invasive than traditional surgical methods.

Growth proteins to accelerate healing

When extra healing speed is necessary, our dentist can add growth proteins to the graft site to accelerate bone regeneration. These proteins additionally reduce swelling and prevent infection, minimize discomfort, and speed up the healing process

Laser treatment to speed healing

We may advise that you undergo advanced laser treatment as an effective method to speed healing. This treatment is painless, less invasive, and triggers the regenerative processes in the gum tissues, allowing for faster healing after undergoing a bone grafting procedure.

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