Bone Graft

When you lose a tooth, the supporting bone begins to deteriorate. It's a process that occurs over time. So you only need a dental bone graft surgery if you've lost a tooth sometime in the past. If you decide to replace the tooth with an implant, your cosmetic dentist at Sohosmile dental care first ensures that you have enough bone mass for the implant. If not, you may need bone grafting, an in-office procedure that restores your bone within six months. Leave it to the professionals at Sohosmile!

Bone Graft

In 2014, as many as 200 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, which includes more than 40 percent of adult New Yorkers age 35 and older. While there are many reasons for tooth loss, Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile has a number of replacement options. Dentures and bridges are two traditional options for replacing teeth, but implants are gaining popularity.

With the number of implants growing by 500,000 each year, bone graft surgery has become a focal point in many of Dr. John's dental implant consultations. You need enough bone mass to support an implant. When you lose a tooth, the bone begins to disappear, which only becomes evident over time. A bone grafting procedure restores the bone beneath your missing tooth.

What Is Bone Grafting?

A dental bone graft procedure is minor surgery that combats severe bone loss in your jawbone or in the sinus area of your skull. You may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before you're ready to accept a dental implant body.

If bone graft surgery is required, the process may involve taking a piece of bone from another part of your body. But the more common solution is to use bone substitute material. The whole bone grafting procedure takes 45 to 90 minutes under local anesthesia in your periodontist Manhattan office. The aim of a dental bone graft is to generate new bone cells strong enough to support your dental implant.

Reasons for a Dental Bone Graft

There may be several causes of your bone loss. An untreated gum condition like gingivitis or periodontal disease is the most common reason. Other reasons that lead to bone deterioration include:

  • Trauma to your teeth, such as from a sports injury or fall
  • Dental cavities
  • Wearing dentures for a long time, as dentures do nothing to prevent bone loss
  • A tooth infection
  • A tooth extraction
  • Defective tooth development
  • Diseases that affect your dental health, such as diabetes or cancer

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