Jawbone loss can cause significant aesthetic changes and oral health issues. To help restore bone that has been lost as a result of tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma, Dr. Gary Herskovits performs dental bone graft procedures at his Brooklyn, NY, office. This treatment restores bone tissue, rebuilding a strong foundation for restorative work, such as dental implants or a full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Herskovits uses multiple techniques for performing bone grafts to provide you with the unique results you need. Contact Brooklyn Smile to schedule a consultation, and let Dr. Herskovits begin planning your custom treatment.
Are You a Candidate for a Bone Graft?
If you have lost a significant amount of jawbone tissue, you may be a candidate for a bone graft. The procedure can be especially beneficial if you are preparing to receive dental implants. Dr. Herskovits may also recommend bone grafting immediately after tooth extraction. This is a proactive measure that can delay bone recession, ensuring more successful restorative treatments later. To qualify for a bone graft, you should be in good health, and should not have any existing gum disease. However, if you do suffer from gum disease, you typically can receive a graft after proper periodontal treatment.
Bone grafting can delay jawbone recession, restore your candidacy for dental implants, prevent shifts in remaining teeth, and preserve your youthful appearance.
Why Perform Bone Grafting?
Jawbone recession can occur for several reasons. However, it is most commonly the result of tooth loss. Tooth roots send restorative signals to your jawbone, causing the body to restore bone tissue lost through daily wear and tear. Without tooth roots, your jaw will no longer receive those signals, and bone recession will rapidly follow.
Dental implants are the optimal restorative treatment for tooth loss. However, you must have sufficient bone tissue to receive implants. Bone loss can also affect patients not receiving implants. Denture wearers regularly need their prostheses relined and refit to match changing jaw shape. Bone loss can also cause other teeth to shift from their proper position, leading to bite issues. In addition, your facial proportions and overall appearance can change dramatically because of jawbone shrinkage. Bone grafting can delay recession, restore your candidacy for implants, prevent shifts in remaining teeth, and preserve your youthful appearance.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
In many cases, Dr. Herskovits will perform bone grafting using a graft from your own bone tissue. He will usually remove this sample from your hard palate or chin, depending on your oral structure and bone health. He may also use other graft options such as donor tissue or a biocompatible material substitute.
Our office can provide anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Herskovits will then begin by making a small incision in your gum. For grafts using your own bone, he will place the tissue, and use small screws to anchor the new bone in place. If using donor or substitute materials, he will simply place the graft in the degenerated area, without the need for screws. He will then place a thin membrane over the grafting site before closing the incisions.
You will need to eat a soft diet for a few days after surgery to avoid damaging the surgical site. Full recovery will typically take six to nine months. During this time, you can usually wear a removable restoration.
Contact Us for More Information
If your jaw has started to recede, or you have recently lost one or more teeth, a bone graft can restore your smile and oral function. Contact our office to schedule an appointment, and find out if this treatment is right for you.