What Is the Process of Bone Grafting?
Dental bone grafting is the process of adding bone material to the jaw in order to offer a solid foundation for dental implants. In cases where the jawbone has deteriorated or is lacking in volume, this procedure can help restore functionality and improve overall oral health.
What is used in the bone grafting procedure?
Some common reasons for needing a bone graft include gum disease, injury, or previous tooth extraction. The added bone material may be synthetic, donated tissue, or even your own harvested bone from another area of the body. The dental team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island will discuss the best option for you during your consultation.
Is bone grafting effective?
Bone grafting is typically a safe and successful procedure with a low risk of complications. However, it is important to follow post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and success of the implant placement.
Why might I need dental bone grafting?
There is a wide range of situations that could arise that may warrant the need for the bone grafting procedure.
- Infection/disease. If you have suffered from gum disease, there may be bone loss in the affected area.
- Dental implant placement. Another common reason for needing a bone graft is if you are planning on getting dental implants but do not have enough healthy bone to support the implant. A bone graft can strengthen the area and make it possible for the implant to be successful.
- Deficiencies. Lastly, some people may have naturally-occurring deficiencies in certain areas of their jawbone and choose to undergo a bone graft for aesthetic purposes.
Talk to your dentist about whether or not a dental bone graft is best for you!
Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island work with patients in the Melville, NY, area to determine if an individual is a proper candidate for bone grafting. If you are ready to learn more, call the office at 631-423-6767 to request an appointment. Our team is here to help with a wide selection of restorative treatments designed to improve the function, health, and appearance of the smile!