Dear Patients,

We hope this message finds you and your families well amidst this growing pandemic. As you well know, the dental community nationwide has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Indiana Dental Association has now fully endorsed recent ADA recommendations to cease all elective dental procedures for three full weeks, effective immediately.

Dr’s Stevenson, Fairchild, and Surber have heard these recommendations and will be following suit. We are working to cancel all elective procedures including new consultations and routine follow-up appointments during this time.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons we understand our position in the management of emergent needs to prevent patients inundating emergency rooms and immediate care clinics. To cope, we will maintain shortened office hours at our Valparaiso location to assess emergency patients from our referrals and greater dental community. Thank you all in advance. We are all in this together.
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(219) 307-4382
(219) 462 9599


(219) 600-5797
(219) 736 1401
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Comprehensive bone grafting and implant services available in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN

Home >> Comprehensive bone grafting and implant services available in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN

The idea of dental implant surgery can sound overwhelming, initially. Yet success and patient satisfaction rates are extremely high, making this a popular tooth replacement solution. With modern bone grafting techniques, implants are a possibility for more people than ever before. Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Stephen Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber bring this option to patients in the Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN area.

When bone grafting is needed

Grafting involves supplementing natural bone structure to make it thicker and stronger. Usually this is accomplished with a special synthetic or animal-sourced grafting material. However, cadaver bone or bone harvested from another site in your own body can also be used. The doctor makes a recommendation based on factors such as bone quality and quantity, area of the mouth, and your age and medical status.

Many patients do not need bone grafting for successful implantation. The tooth is extracted from thick bone, which naturally fills the socket over time. That scenario provides a good foundation for implant placement.

Other people, however, could not consider implants without grafting. Augmentation is necessary in these situations:

  • Bone is naturally thin at the front of the arch, so grafting may be needed to support an anterior tooth implant.
  • Your bone is soft, which is usually a hereditary factor but can be the result of medical conditions or medical treatment.
  • The tooth has been missing for a long time, allowing bone resorption to occur; diminishing the bony ridge.
  • Sinus cavities above the upper arch of teeth are large or low, extending near tooth roots.

Post bone graft and implant procedure

The grafting procedure is brief, thanks to precise pre-planning. Often only local anesthetic is needed. A minor graft may be performed at the time of implant placement. Usually, however, we wait several months for the grafting material to solidly integrate with natural bone tissue, becoming strong enough to support an implant.

If you are searching for implants and bone grafting in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN, and do not want to be referred to multiple practices, you have come to the right place. With a full range of implant services, the Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS team is with you from start to finish, even for complex cases. We are the practice other dentists refer their patients to for bone grafting and implant placement. Call (219) 307-4382 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Stevenson and his staff couldn’t have been any better!! I had to have a tooth extracted with a failed root canal and I chose to have the tooth replaced with a dental implant. Dr. Stevenson extracted the tooth, did a bone graft and placed the dental implant. Through the entire process, I only experienced a little soreness for a few days after the surgeries. Dr. Stevenson himself even called the evening of the procedures to follow up! I was really scared to go through this process but everyone at Stevenson and Fairchild made sure I was as comfortable as possible and pain-free.

Tiffany J
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