A minor surgical procedure, dental bone grafting’s intent is to rebuild lost jaw bone structure around your teeth. Bone surrounding our teeth begins to deteriorate or lose its density most commonly due to infection – such as periodontal disease, missing teeth or injury. When there are missing teeth, the bone does not have a structure to support any longer and therefore will begin to resorb.
Dental Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Addressing Bone Deterioration
Here at Your Bronx Dentist, the most popular reason to receive a bone graft is for dental implant placement. A bone graft is needed if a patient does not have enough healthy bone to support the implant. If you have been a long time wearer of traditional dentures, periodontal disease has deteriorated your jaw bone or you have one or missing teeth – bone grafting will likely be needed. This can dramatically improve your dental implant success rate.
Patients with enough adequate healthy bone will not need a bone graft. Also, our periodontist is trained in the All on four dental implant procedure. This technique allows our periodontist to place fewer dental implants and help lessen the need for bone grafting. Using this technique is on a case by case basis and you will need to consult with our office to see if you are a candidate. Your Bronx Dentist offers free dental implant consults and free second opinions.
Why do I need a bone graft?
Dental Implants – as mentioned above, there needs to be enough healthy bone to support the implant or artificial tooth root. This is the gold standard in tooth-replacement options. Successful dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth and help prevent premature aging in the face.
Saving Teeth – teeth become at risk when periodontal disease or injury has caused bone loss around your teeth. To help save your existing teeth, bone grafting will help add support to keep your teeth in place.
Tooth Extractions – when a tooth is extracted the bone that supported that tooth will begin to resorb if it does not have a structure to support. Our periodontist can deposit bone grafting material into the socket to keep the bone from resorbing.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting advantages far outweigh the risks. Bone grafting procedures are safe and as technology continues to advance so do their success rates. However, there is still maintenance needed on the patient’s end to improve these success rates and keep the bone graft from failing. Common benefits patients’ experience:
Specialist in Periodontology and Implant Surgery
Bone grafting and dental implant placement are comprehensive surgeries and it’s of key importance to have these procedures performed by a specialist in this field. By choosing an experienced periodontist you are setting yourself up for success and saving on costly complications that could arise in the future. Our periodontist, Dr. Steven Litwin, is well versed in bone grafting, implant dentistry and periodontal therapy.
Contact Your Bronx Dentist for any questions you may have regarding bone grafting procedures in the Bronx, NY. We are open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays and provide Sunday dental appointments from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM to accommodate our patient’s busy schedules. We’re located on Doctor’s Row a few blocks from Montefiore Hospital.