Dental Bone Grafting
Dental bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to repair or rebuild bones through the transplantation of bone tissue. This procedure allows your dentist to recreate bone and supporting tissue that are missing, typically to support dental implants.
Dental Bone Grafting in Harriman, NY
Dental bone grafting is necessary when there is a deficiency of natural bone in the mouth to support dental implants. This deficiency can be caused by developmental defects, gum disease, face injury or trauma, or empty space after teeth were removed.
There are several types of dental bone grafts. The best solution depends on the damage that needs to be repaired and the location of the lost tooth. At Harriman Family Dental, we offer:
Socket preservation is a bone grafting procedure our dentist completes after tooth extraction. This involves packing bone graft material into the empty tooth socket. Socket preservation slows the resorption process where the tooth is missing. It can also help preserve the health of the bone until a dental implant can be placed.
Ridge augmentation refers to a bone grafting procedure that restores the natural density and contours of part or the entirety of a jaw ridge. Restoring healthy bone levels to a jaw arch can make dentures more comfortable and fitted to your gumline.
When bone in the premolar or molar areas of the jaw has lost density or volume, you may benefit from receiving a sinus lift in Harriman, NY. Gently lifting the sinus cavity, bone grafting material can be placed to restore proper bone height.
What is a dental bone graft?
Dental bone grafting is a minorly invasive surgical procedure that helps grow new bone that was destroyed or replace the unhealthy or missing bone with new bone.
The graft may be taken from another area of the body or created through synthetic or other materials. It usually consists of processed bone minerals that help your body create new bone cells over time.
Are dental bone grafts painful?
Dental bone grafts are usually an outpatient procedure. The procedure is typically done before a dental implant/tooth replacement and usually doesn’t cause any, if very little pain, through the procedure and the healing process.
How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft?
Your dentist will usually give you antibiotics to prevent infection and in some cases, pain medication. However, pain medication usually isn’t necessary as most patients don’t feel any pain.
A dental bone graft is usually the first step to dental implants. Once the dental bone graft is complete, your dentist must wait for the new bone to fuse with the natural bones in your mouth before they can complete the process. This timeframe is different for everyone but shouldn’t take longer than a month or two.
If you have more questions about dental bone grafting, or if you would like to schedule an appointment or contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.