When it comes to replacing missing teeth, few options match a dental implant, which excels in both form and function. However, these replacements require adequate foundational support, which is where bone grafting comes into play. At Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, Stella Oh, DDS, has extensive experience successfully providing patients in New York City with bone grafts to support dental implants. To learn more about this procedure, call the office in Midtown Manhattan, New York, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to lose bone mass because it is no longer needed to support your tooth. 40-60% of the bone starts to deteriorate shortly after the loss or extraction of your tooth.
This fact means that if you want to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, your dentist needs to ensure that the bone underneath can support the prosthetic tooth. If Dr. Oh can place the implant in a timely manner (within 6-8 weeks or sooner), you may not need a bone graft.
However, if she finds that you have insufficient bone, she recommends a bone graft. This technique replaces and helps regenerate the lost bone and maintain the volume.
Historically, your dentist used bone from another part of your body to perform a bone graft. Today, Dr. Oh uses medical-grade, FDA and ADA approved high-quality bone harvested and treated from a cadaver source, both of which are readily accepted by your body.
Dr. Oh performs your bone grafting right in the Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, office. After ensuring your comfort with local anesthesia, she makes a small incision through which she places the new bone. She then covers the area with a membrane to prevent harmful bacteria from getting in and the tissue will be closed with resorbable suture.
After Dr. Oh places your bone graft, your existing tissue begins to grow new bone within the graft. There’s no specific timeline as each patient’s body responds at a different pace. Also, no one surgery is exactly the same. In most cases, you need to wait for several months for your bone to become strong enough to support an implant.
To learn more about bone grafting, call Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.