Bone Grafting Can Restore Your Oral Foundation
Jawbone deterioration naturally occurs after tooth loss, trauma, or periodontal disease. In many cases, a bone graft is necessary to replace lost tissue and create a strong support system for dental implants and other treatments. At Greater Long Island Dental, we use advanced technology to determine if you require this procedure and choose the best techniques for your treatment at our Long Island, NY, office. If you have suffered tooth loss, you can undergo preparatory treatment planning, the grafting procedure, and subsequent implant surgery all with our compassionate and highly qualified team.
Understanding Bone Loss and Grafting
Bone recession is inevitable once you lose a tooth and can lead to changes in your facial shape, further tooth loss, and limited ability to eat and speak properly. Under normal circumstances, your tooth roots send regenerative signals to the bone, triggering new tissue growth and preserving the natural shape of your jaw. With those roots missing, your bone will start to shrink. Bone loss can also develop if you are suffering from serious gum disease. In the later stages of the disease, the oral bacteria can attack your jawbone, leading to significant damage and weakness.
Most often, our dentists perform bone grafting in preparation for dental implants. The most stable and realistic way to replace missing teeth, implants require a strong and secure jawbone for support. Accordingly, if your jaw has started to shrink, the posts may eventually fail. By replacing the lost tissue, your doctor can help to ensure implant success. We frequently recommend bone grafting as soon as possible following an extraction. By performing the procedure immediately afterwards, we can often prevent jaw recession from occurring in the first place.
The Treatment Procedure
Before recommending a bone graft, we will evaluate your jaw structure, often using our advanced digital x-rays and advanced imaging. By looking for areas of jaw recession, we can also precisely plan your treatment, determining exactly where the grafting material should be placed. Immediately before your procedure, you will receive appropriate sedation and anesthesia to help you feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.
To place the graft, one of our dentists will make an incision in your gums, just over the area of bone loss. Through this incision, they can place your graft. We can use a sample of your own bone, usually taken from your hard palate or chin. In other situations, we may use donor tissue or a synthetic material. Once the graft is in place, it will be secured, typically with small screws or a highly specialized membrane. Your dentist will then close the incisions with sutures and you can return home the same day. Over the next four to nine months, the graft will heal and integrate with your jaw, creating a stable, strong foundation.
A bone graft can restore your facial contours, filling in your lips and cheeks and preventing the sunken look that often ages you prematurely.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can enable you to receive dental implants so that you can enjoy complete oral function and a natural smile. A bone graft can restore your facial contours, filling in your lips and cheeks and preventing the sunken look that often ages you prematurely. This procedure can also prevent future jaw recession, tooth loss, and the gradual shift of your remaining teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have lost one or more teeth, it is important to take proactive measures to protect your oral health and appearance. Contact our office online to learn more about bone grafting or schedule an appointment by calling (516) 468-7103.
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