As we age, bone loss can occur in the upper and lower jaw. This may be a result of periodontitis also known as chronic gum disease. Bacteria from this type of gum infection eats away at the bone tissue, causing the jaw to atrophy, or decrease in size. This jaw atrophy can also be a result of having a tooth or multiple teeth extracted. If this is happening to you, you may want to consider finding out more about dental bone loss and grafts done in our office in Brooklyn, New York.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft
is done to help rebuild the jaw and provide support to surrounding tissues. Before, these grafts were often taken from another part of the patient’s body, like the ribs. Now, the procedure is much less complicated and can be done at the dentist’s office. Bovine, or cow, bone is used very successfully, and the body recognizes it as natural bone, which causes the regeneration of new bone in the jaw area. Dental bone grafts have several different applications, and our LuxDen team in Brooklyn, New York is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any other procedure.
Bone Grafts After Tooth Extraction
After a tooth extraction, the patient has a space in their mouth where the tooth used to be. This area is surrounded by alveolar bone, which supported the now removed tooth. If the tooth is not somehow replaced or that hole is not filled in, the alveolar bone is reabsorbed into the body, and the area around the tooth atrophies. A type of bone graft known as a socket graft, or ridge preservation graft, can prevent this from happening. For this type of graft, bovine bone is usually used, and within a few months, the graft causes new bone to grow so that an implant can be placed.
Recovering from a Bone Graft
Recovering from a bone graft is generally uncomplicated, but it does take time for the new bone to form after grafting. Immediately after the procedure, there will be swelling, some bruising, a small amount of bleeding, and some minor pain. If any of these symptoms become excessive, you should contact our office for advice. After the graft, eat liquids or soft foods as instructed by our doctors and take pain medications as prescribed. Keep the mouth clean by brushing, flossing, and rinsing two or three times a day.
When a Dental Bone Graft is Necessary
When bone is lost due to infection, aging, tooth extraction or atrophy of the jaw, a dental bone graft may become necessary. When the jaw shrinks in size, there is less bone structure available to fit a set of dentures or to insert a dental implant to save a tooth. A dental bone graft will stimulate the jaw bone to regrow with new, healthy bone tissue so that the jaw and surrounding teeth maintain their shape and stay in place, and then further treatment, like an implant, can be done.
Call to Schedule an Appointment with a Bone Graft Dental Surgeon in Brooklyn, New York Today
If you’ve had a tooth extracted or are considering a dental implant, call to schedule an appointment with our bone graft dental surgeon in Brooklyn, New York
today. The LuxDen dental office of Brooklyn, New York offers full dental and grafting services and are eager to help you. Call us at 718-382-3444 and let us care for you.