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Restoring Jaw Strength with Bone Grafting

Best Dental Center | Brooklyn, NY

Bone Grafting

Restoring Dental Health and Enhancing Implant Success
As individuals age, they may experience bone loss in both the upper and lower jaws. This deterioration can be attributed to periodontitis, commonly referred to as chronic gum disease. Bacterial infection associated with gum disease can erode bone tissue, leading to atrophy or a reduction in jaw size. Similarly, tooth extraction(s) can contribute to jaw atrophy. If you’re facing these issues, it’s essential to explore options for addressing dental bone loss and graft procedures available at our dental implant facility in Brooklyn, New York.
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What is Bone Grafting?

Dental bone grafts are minor surgical interventions that aim to reconstruct the jaw and support surrounding tissues. In the past, grafts were commonly harvested from different parts of the patient’s body, such as the ribs.

Contemporary dental bone graft procedures are much simpler and can be comfortably performed at the dentist’s office. Bovine bone is often used, as it is perceived by the body as natural bone, promoting the generation of new tissue in the jaw region.

Dental bone grafts serve various purposes, and our knowledgeable team at Best Dental Office is available to answer any questions you may have about this or other procedures.

Bone Grafting

Frequently Asked Questions

When might I need a Bone Graft?

Following a tooth extraction, a void is left in the mouth where the tooth once resided. This space is encircled by alveolar bone, which previously supported the extracted tooth. Failure to replace the tooth or fill the void can result in the reabsorption of alveolar bone into the body, leading to atrophy in the surrounding area. To prevent this bone loss, a type of bone graft known as a socket graft or ridge preservation graft is often performed. Typically utilizing bovine bone, this graft stimulates the growth of new bone over several months. This process facilitates the placement of a tooth implant by specialists like Dr. Rizk at our Brooklyn dental clinic.

Other conditions that may make a bone graft necessary?

In cases where bone loss occurs due to factors such as infection, aging, tooth extraction, or jaw atrophy, dental bone grafting may be required. Diminished jaw size resulting from these issues can present challenges in fitting dentures or placing dental implants to preserve remaining teeth. Through a dental bone graft procedure, the jawbone is stimulated to regenerate with new, healthy bone tissue. This restoration process ensures the preservation of jaw shape and stability, allowing for subsequent treatments, such as dental implant placement, to be successfully carried out.

What does the recovery period look like?

Recovery from bone graft surgery typically progresses smoothly, although it requires time for the newly grafted bone to develop. In the initial stages following the procedure, patients may experience swelling, bruising, minor bleeding, and mild discomfort. Should any of these symptoms intensify, it is advisable to promptly seek guidance from our office. During the recovery period, adhere to a diet consisting of liquids or soft foods as directed by our doctors, and take prescribed pain medications as needed. Maintain oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing the mouth two or three times daily to ensure cleanliness and support healing.

How long does it take for the bone graft to fully integrate with the jawbone?

The integration of the bone graft with the jawbone typically takes several months. During this time, the body gradually replaces the graft material with natural bone tissue, strengthening the jaw and providing a stable foundation for dental implants or other restorative treatments.

Are there any risks or complications associated with bone grafting surgery?

While bone grafting surgery is generally safe and effective, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These may include infection, excessive bleeding, graft rejection, or damage to surrounding structures. However, with proper pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care, the likelihood of experiencing complications is minimized, and successful outcomes are achievable.
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