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Why a Bone Graft is Vital to Your Dental Implant Success | Sedation Dentist Queens NY

In the dental industry, bone grafting and dental implants frequently go hand in hand, just like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, and chocolate and anything. Hearing the term “bone graft” might cause some anxiety among people who are candidates for dental implants, but it’s actually a very common procedure.

What is bone grafting?

A bone graft is a procedure that replaces missing bone by using materials from either the patient’s own body or a substitute. The human body is an amazing machine, and bone tissue regenerates if given the opportunity to grow. As natural bone grows, it generally replaces the graft material, creating a fully integrated area of bone.

When is bone grafting used?

If you have lost bone density, your jawbone may not be thick enough to hold an implant. A person who has lost a tooth may require a bone graft in order to receive a dental implant. When a tooth is missing, your body experiences bone loss, which leads to disuse atrophy of the jawbone over time. Atrophy occurs when the bone that is supposed to support teeth is reabsorbed, resulting in poor quality and quantity of bone, making it difficult to place dental implants.

In order to replace your teeth with dental implants, your implant dentist in Queens surgically places a small titanium post under your gums and secures it to your jawbone. Your jawbone must be dense enough to support the implant. A bone graft works by thickening and widening the jawbone so that it can support dental implants properly. The effectiveness of dental implants is dependent upon osseointegration. To create a stable foundation for the crown, the implant must bond to the bone. Without bone, an implant cannot be placed.

There are several different types of bone grafts. Depending on the extent of the damage you have suffered and the position of the lost tooth, the type of bone graft selected may differ.

Socket Preservation 

By definition, socket preservation is a method of preventing bone atrophy or preserving the health of the alveolar bone (the socket that holds the tooth in place). When this bone is damaged by disease or infection, tooth extraction may be necessary, which can lead to a jaw deformity if preventative measures are not taken. In addition to cosmetic concerns, jaw defects make restorative dentistry much more difficult, which is why it is so important to discuss socket preservation with your implant specialist if he or she recommends tooth removal. In most cases, the graft will take 3 to 6 months to heal.

Ridge Augmentation 

Ridge augmentation helps to restore the natural contour of the gums and jaw, which may have changed due to bone loss caused by tooth extractions or traumatic injuries. During ridge augmentation, bone graft material is inserted into the tooth socket. Recovery generally takes 6 to 9 months. It is during this period that the new bone tissue is fused to the alveolar ridge and becomes permanently integrated into your anatomy.

Sinus Lift 

If a patient requires an implant in the upper jaw but has a thin sinus wall that cannot support an implant on its own, this procedure is recommended. A sinus lift is one of the most commonly used bone grafting procedures for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw. It increases calcium density in the floor of the upper sinus in preparation for dental implants. It usually takes 8–12 months for a sinus lift graft to heal.

Many, but not all, patients need a bone graft before getting dental implants. Call our dental implant office in Queens, NY today to schedule a consultation to determine whether you need a bone graft.

Queens Center for Implant and Sedation Dentistry
Phone: 718-767-9224
14-19 150th Street 1A
Whitestone, NY 11357