What is a Dental Bone Graft?
A dental bone graft is a routine surgical procedure that involves adding bone to your jaw. The aim of this procedure is to prepare your mouth for dental implants or replacements.
Your jawbone may lose its bone structure over time due to dental problems such as loss of teeth, gum disease or dental injuries. To prevent further deterioration of your tooth structure, you may need to wear dental implants. However, dental implant surgery cannot take place if your jawbone is too soft or too thin. This is where the importance of bone grafting comes into play.
If you think you may be a good candidate for bone grafting, request an appointment with a periodontist at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey to learn more about the best solutions for your specific situation.
Our Bone Grafting Process
Bone grafting entails harvesting natural bone from the patient, an animal, a human donor or synthetic bone materials to create a platform for the growth of new bone.
At SDNJ, our periodontists start by carrying out some tests to determine if the bone in your mouth is sufficient for grafting. If not, we can harvest natural bone from other body parts, such as your hips, or from another donor.
The type of bone grafting method we use will depend on these factors:
- Location in the mouth that requires a tooth bone graft
- The degree of bone loss
- Time passed since the tooth loss
Bone grafting takes about an hour and requires only one session to complete. In most cases, local anesthesia coupled with IV sedation is enough to numb your mouth and make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
How Long Does a Dental Bone Graft Take to Heal?
At SDNJ, we can complete this procedure in about an hour. However, the healing process takes about four to six months. Although this depends on your genetics - some patients realize new bone growth within a matter of weeks.
You might require antibiotics and pain relievers during the first few weeks after the procedure. You may also need to avoid certain types of foods and sugary drinks to aid the recovery process. Proper oral care can also aid the recovery process and stimulate the growth of the new bone.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Process?
Anyone suffering from jawbone insufficiency is a good candidate for bone grafting. However, people suffering from heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure should not opt for a dental bone graft unless otherwise advised. To find out if you're a suitable candidate for a dental bone graft, contact Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey for a free consultation.
Benefits of Receiving a Bone Graft
Progressive bone loss will ultimately affect the appearance of your mouth and face, which could subsequently affect your self-esteem and cause all sorts of confidence issues. Fortunately, you can restore your tooth structure and rebuild your natural jaw lines by using bone grafting and dental implants. Other benefits include:
- Allows for future dental implants
- Prevents further jawbone deterioration
- Regenerated bone improves your facial appearance
- Restores the functionality of the dental structure
- Improves aesthetics
- It's a painless procedure with amazing results
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Trauma to the mouth can cause an array of problems, from a chipped tooth to a tooth that is completely broken off. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is a special aspect of dentistry that addresses repairs to damaged teeth. Teeth are not indestructible, even with the best dental hygiene practices. The best treatment will vary dependent on how badly the tooth and its supporting structures are damaged.
One of the first things our prosthodontic specialist will do for a chipped tooth is assess how the injury occurred and take dental X-rays or CAT scan. Our dental bonding dentists will also ask about any pain you may be having as a result of the injury. If there is little or no pain and the dental x-rays show no root damage, we may repair the tooth in one of a few different ways.
Types of Dental Repair Based Off Tooth Damage
Excessive bone loss can significantly affect your facial appearance, giving you an aged look. Fortunately, this does not have to be you. You can undergo tooth bone grafting to prepare your teeth for dental implants.
Take the next step and book an appointment with SDNJ for expert dental bone grafting in Manalapan, Englishtown and areas throughout New Jersey. Dr. Samantha Aaron is readily available to address all your concerns regarding bone augmentation.
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Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides dental bone grafts to the Manalapan, NJ and Englishtown, NJ area. Located in Manalapan, Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey serves the areas
of Freehold, Old Bridge, Morganville, Marlboro, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey.