If you’re living with missing teeth, you’re causing damage to your jawbone by not visiting your dentist to receive a dental implant or another restorative dental procedure to replace the missing tooth. Over time, the jawbone underneath your missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed, leaving an unsuitable condition for the placement of dental implants. With bone grafting, we now have the ability to grow bone where needed, which not only allows your Central Park oral surgeon to place dental implants of the proper length and width, but gives us the opportunity to restore function and aesthetic appearance. Inadequate bone structure can be the result of previous extractions, gum disease or traumatic jaw injuries.
Major bone grafts repair defects of the jaw and require a hospital stay. The bone is obtained either from a tissue bank or your own bone from the jaw, hip or tibia. Bone grafts positively impact the health and stability of your teeth in two ways: jaw stabilization and preservation. Bone grafting stabilizes and helps restore the jaw foundation for restorative or implant surgery. Additionally, bone grafting can limit or prevent bone recession following a tooth extraction, periodontal disease or other invasive processes. Once a bone graft is complete, you’ll be able to replace your missing teeth with a dental implant. Central Park Oral Surgeon, Dr. Ostro also performs surgical placement of dental implants, along with bone grafts.