If you have missing teeth, you may not be aware of the underlying damage that is happening to your gums and jaw bone. Over time, the bone associated with the missing teeth shrinks away in a process called resorption or disuse atrophy. In many cases, resorption takes away the anchoring bone necessary to properly place a dental implant. Luckily, advances in oral surgery technology has allowed for bone grafting to reconstruct the foundation for dental implants with a simple surgery with your Midtown Center oral surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro. Bone grafting not only provides the quality and quantity of bone necessary to complete a dental implant procedure, but it can also restore the appearance of lips and cheeks, which may have been distorted during the jaw bone resorption. One of the main grafting techniques used by Dr. Ostro is sinus grafting.
Sinus grafting is a simple oral surgery procedure and has a high rate of success. Additionally, sinus grafting and implant placement can often be performed in a single procedure, meaning they’ll be less healing time and less cost. Sinus grafts are necessary when the sinus floor, the separation between your maxillary sinuses behind your cheeks and your upper back teeth, is very thin. When an upper back tooth is removed usually only a thin layer of bone remains under the sinus, which does not provide enough support for a dental implant. A simple graft to the area by Midtown Center oral surgeon, Dr. Ostro, can resolve this issue.
Learn more about bone grafting and dental implant surgery by visiting oral surgeon Dr. Elliott Ostro in Midtown Manhattan.