Bone Grafting Overview
The bone in your jaw helps support your teeth and gives your face natural, attractive contours. But when bone tissue is lost due to oral health conditions, the result can have a major impact on your function, appearance, and general well-being. Bone grafting is an advanced service our multi-specialty team is delighted to offer patients in the New York, NY area. This treatment replenishes and regenerates bone that has deteriorated as a result of gum (periodontal disease), oral trauma, long-term tooth loss, or other issues. While bone grafting may be used to add support for existing teeth and enhance facial appearance, it is often performed to strengthen foundational support for the successful placement of dental implants. Dental implants are tooth replacements, and much like natural teeth, they rely on a healthy and strong bone structure for proper function. If you have bone loss and are considering tooth replacement with dental implants, reach out to PDADental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY to schedule a visit with our expert oral surgeon and explore your treatment options.
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Best Candidates for Bone Grafting
Bone loss in the jaw may be caused by physical injury or trauma but is most often the result of advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and the loss of natural teeth. Following the loss of teeth, the jawbone structure tends to deteriorate as the tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate bone health. Replacing teeth with traditional bridge and denture options may exacerbate the loss of bone as these tooth replacements do not engage with the bone tissue to help keep it healthy. Dental implants, however, are placed in the jawbone and preserve health but do need adequate bone support to be successful. Using advanced bone grafting procedures, our oral surgery specialist is able to replenish and regenerate lost bone tissue to rebuild the structure necessary for dental implants. Bone grafts do require several months to fully integrate with the bone in your jaw but can provide lasting support for tooth replacement with dental implants.
What To Expect with Bone Grafting
Bone grafting may be ideal for localized areas in the jaw where bone loss has occurred and in areas designated for dental implant placement. Since several bone grafting options exist, our team will take advanced diagnostic x-rays of your jaw and determine the ideal approach to meet your needs and expected outcomes. Our skilled oral surgery specialist will use the latest in minimally invasive care to enhance your comfort and speed the healing process. After we accurately determine the location and amount of bone needed to restore your jaw, our team will numb your mouth and begin the procedure.
Depending on your needs and preferences, we may use one or more of the following bone grafting techniques:
- An autograft sources bone tissue from another part of your own body to rebuild the bone structure that has deteriorated in your jaw.
- With an allograft, our team uses human bone material derived from a bone bank.
- Xenografts incorporate bone graft material from an animal source (usually bovine).
- Alloplast bone grafting restores lost bone using biocompatible synthetic tissue.
Once you are numb and comfortable, our team will access the treatment area and precisely position the bone tissue samples. Biologic factors may be added to the bone grafting sites to help encourage your body to regrow bone at a faster rate and enhance the healing process. In some cases, bone grafting and dental implant surgery may be completed within the same visit. At the end of your procedure, your gum tissues will be sutured and post-operative instructions for care be reviewed by our team.
Bone Grafting Recovery
As your bone grafting sites begin to heal, the newly introduced tissue will start to fuse with your jaw as your body regenerates new bone tissue. Known as osseointegration, this phase in the healing process is crucial to creating the foundation necessary to support your implants. You may notice some swelling or soreness in the first few days following your procedure. These symptoms can often be managed with cold compresses or ice packs to the face or over-the-counter pain relievers. Prescription pain medication may also be prescribed by our dentists. Eating a soft food diet and brushing, flossing, and using any other oral care products as recommend by PDADental can help preserve your oral health as you heal. We will schedule a follow-up appointment for you so that our team can check your healing progress and inform you of when to move forward with the next step in the tooth replacement process.
Bone Grafting Insurance Coverage
Coverage amounts for bone grafting procedures may vary according to each individual policy and insurance provider. During your consultation, we will review your plan benefits and provide you with an estimate of insurance coverage. To make your care as convenient as possible, PDADental accepts an array of payment options, including flexible financing through CareCredit®, for any portion not covered by your plan.
If bone loss in the jaw has affected your oral health, facial appearance, or ability to receive dental implants, a bone grafting procedure may be the ideal treatment choice. Bone grafting from our distinguished oral surgeon replenishes deteriorated tissues to restore natural jaw contours and provide the basis needed for replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Reserve your treatment consultation today at PDADental, the leading multi-specialty team serving the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY.