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Bone Regeneration
Fountain Valley, CA

Diagram of a jaw boneYour jawbone is an integral component of your mouth. It helps you to effectively bite and chew your food. It aids in proper speech. It helps to maintain the shape of your face. The bone also helps to hold your teeth securely in place. When you lose bone mass in your jaw, it can significantly impact your oral health and the functions of your jaw. Your teeth may become unstable and misaligned, as well as change the aesthetics of your face. At Simon K. Choyee, DDS, Inc., we can restore mass to your jawbone, restoring your oral health and the functions of your jaw with bone regeneration.

What Causes Bone Loss in the Jaw?

There are several different issues that can lead to bone loss in your jaw.
•  Gum disease. When bacteria get under your gum line, they can begin attacking your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. This leads to bony defects around the teeth. Bone loss can also cause your teeth to become unstable in their sockets as they lose their support.
•  Tooth loss. Your teeth provide stimulation for your jaw, which helps to keep your jaw strong and healthy. When you suffer tooth loss, your jaw loses stimulation. As a result, it begins to lose mass and grow weak.
•  Tooth extraction. When you have teeth extracted, a portion of bone may be removed with the teeth.
•  Facial trauma.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is designed to replace missing bone mass, restoring its strength. The procedure involves harvesting bone mass from another area of your body, or taking bone tissue from a tissue bank, and transplanting it to the affected areas of your jaw. As you heal, your existing jawbone begins to fuse to the graft material, giving your jaw back its strength.
There are a few different types of bone grafts that may be performed.
•  Autograft. An autograft uses bone mass harvested from another area of your own body. Because we use your tissue, there is no risk of graft rejection.
•  Allograft. An allograft uses bone taken from a tissue bank. This tissue is screened before use to reduce the risk of disease transmission and rejection. Because we do not use your tissue, there is no need for an additional surgical site.
•  Xenograft. A xenograft uses tissue harvested from a non-human source. The bone, typically bovine, is processed at very high temperatures to render it safe for use. Like an allograft, there is no need for additional surgical sites.

Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided bone regeneration, or GBR, is a procedure that involves the placement of a special membrane over a newly placed bone graft before the gums are sutured closed. The membrane functions to keep the bone tissue and the soft tissue separate, preventing faster healing soft tissue from filling in areas where bone should be. GBR also aids in stimulating the growth of new bone tissue, helping to restore the strength and integrity of your jaw.

By restoring bone mass to your jaw, its strength is restored. This also aids in restoring your oral health and your facial aesthetics. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Simon K. Choyee, DDS, Inc. at (562) 947-4781 today.
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"I recently had to have a tooth extracted and was very nervous. Dr. Choyee and his staff went over and above to make me feel comfortable. It turned out to be an easy procedure and I was done quickly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Choyee for any oral surgery needs you may have. Dr. Choyee even called me that evening to make sure I was doing well and had no problems!"
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16315 Whittier Blvd #201
Whittier, CA 90603-2910
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