Bone Grafting - Plainview, Massapequa & Levittown, NY
Losing Your Smile Foundation?
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.
Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.
Regaining Your Smile
During a bone grafting procedure, our team places a small quantity of bone material into areas of your jaw that have receded. This can be from your own body, from another human or animal source, or from a synthetic material. The grafting material will slowly merge with the existing bone, eventually reconstituting your bone mass and strength and your characteristic facial appearance. While that is what successful bone grafting looks like, it shouldn’t be the final step of your treatment. As mentioned above, missing teeth are often behind bone loss in the jaw. To prevent that from recurring, we recommend filling the gaps.
More than gaps in your smile, they’re gaps in your life that dental implants can best fill. These look, feel, and perform just like real teeth—few people would know the difference—and will restore your ability to eat and speak normally again after bone loss. Dental implants are another area of dentistry in which oral surgeons are the recognized experts. Depending on your level of bone loss, we may be able to place implants during the same appointment as bone grafting, meaning fewer visits needed!
Featured Bone Grafting Services
With ridge augmentation we reshape and rebuild the bones in your jaw with bone graft material, reestablishing the distinctive facial esthetics and structure that you’ll recognize as your own. You may need a ridge augmentation after a tooth extraction or to secure a healthy and strong foundation for dental implants.
Deterioration of the maxilla, the upper jawbones, can cause a complication not found in your lower jawbone, the mandible. Since the upper jaw supports your sinuses, those sinus cavities can collapse as a result of bone recession. We can reverse this with a sinus lift, during which we carefully raise the sinus floor and place bone graft material underneath to restore it to its proper position.
Bone heals at a slower pace than your gums, and if both have been treated at the same time, they can interfere with one another during healing. To ensure a smoother healing process we place a biocompatible mesh between your bone and gums after bone grafting. This is one of several advanced healing techniques we offer to facilitate a trouble-free recovery.
Get Your Beautiful Jawline Back
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