Bone Grafting & Dental Implant Surgery
In order for dental implant surgery to be successful, implants must be placed in healthy, dense, strong jawbone tissue. Bone grafting is a common prerequisite procedure that reinforces and strengthens a weak jawbone.
Are you considering undergoing dental implant surgery and wondering if you will need a bone graft? While bone grafting is very common, this procedure is not necessary in all implant cases.
Serving patients across Staten Island, NY, Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht can answer any questions you may have about dental implants and bone grafting. We have all the tools you need to begin your journey to a healthier, fuller smile.
The Link Between Tooth Loss and Bone Loss
In a healthy mouth, tooth roots stimulate the jawbone and signal the body to maintain dense bone structure. When a tooth is lost, this stimulation is also lost. Over time, without tooth roots, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Additional tooth loss and an altered facial structure can also result.
Implants are so effective because they mimic the role of tooth roots. Once implants are in place, they can guard against additional tooth loss. But first, your dentist must evaluate the treatment site to determine if you need preparatory procedures like bone grafting.
About Bone Grafting
Bone grafting regenerates and replaces lost tissue in the jawbone. It can be performed immediately following an extraction. In this case, the procedure is known as socket preservation. In other cases, it can be performed months or even years after a tooth is removed or falls out.
Bone grafting material can be harvested from the patient’s own body. In other cases, it can be supplied by a cadaver or your dentist might recommend a synthetic material. It is important to understand that in most cases, bone grafting requires several months of healing before implants can be placed.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
The most obvious benefit of bone grafting is that it can allow you to qualify for implants. It can also contribute to restoring facial contours and improving the overall appearance of your smile.
In addition, the length of time dental implants last depends in part on the overall health and quality of the jawbone. Implant failure can occur if the patient does not have this solid foundation.
Your Initial Consultation
During your first visit to our Staten Island office, we’ll start by discussing your concerns, goals, and overall health. These factors will determine whether implants are a good fit for you. Next, we will evaluate your jawbone using advanced imaging techniques. This information can also be used to determine the number of implant posts you require and where they should be placed.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht of Staten Island Aesthetic have over three decades of experience and state-of-the-art facilities. They can assist you with all of your general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry needs throughout your implant dentistry and bone grafting procedures. You can learn about your treatment options during a consultation. Call (718) 705-4434 or request your appointment online to get started.