Bone grafting is the process of encouraging the growth and regeneration of new bone tissue. As we grow older, we may lose teeth due to damage or decay. When teeth are lost, bone tissue tends to recede because it is no longer needed to support the tooth. This can be troubling for patients who are looking to receive dental implants because they need to be able to access the support structure of the jawbone to attach the implant.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that typically only requires local anesthesia. A small incision will be created in your gumline that allows your oral surgeon in Ryebrook, NY to access the affected area. A collection of bone material will be inserted into the area that will eventually naturally replace itself with your own body’s natural bone tissue. The inclusion of bone material will help your body to regenerate bone tissue in this area that will eventually overtake the inserted bone. After a few months, your mouth will be ready for any other oral surgical procedures.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
There are several benefits to bone grafting. These vary from patient to patient, but it ultimately is intended to prepare patients for dental implants. Dental implants are highly regarded by most specialists as the most effective way to restore your smile after losing teeth.
- Saves Natural Teeth – Severe gum disease can lead to loose teeth and the future loss of healthy teeth. Bone grafting can help prevent the loss of healthy teeth and save you from expensive oral surgeries later on.
- Tooth Extractions – Bone grafting is most commonly associated with tooth extractions in order to give the patient the option of restoring the tooth later on. This will help maintain the bone structure of the jaw in the affected area and give the option to later attach a dental implant.
- Dental Implants – An implant requires a healthy support structure to attach to. Bone grafting is a common first step to receiving dental implants. The dental implant is made of a titanium screw and a custom-made crown to match the patient’s smile. Over time, the titanium screw will fuse to the jawbone and secure itself in place.
If you would like to learn more about how bone grafting could benefit your oral health, call your oral surgeon in Ryebrook, NY today. The team at Ghobadi Oral Surgery looks forward to hearing from you! You can reach us at (914) 698-4090 or send us a direct inquiry on our contact page.
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