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 eat away at the bone tissue, causing the jaw to atrophy or decrease in size. This jaw atrophy can also result from 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 are done in our dental implant office in Brooklyn, New York.
A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure done to help rebuild the jaw and support surrounding tissues. Before, these grafts were often taken from another part of the patient’s body, like the ribs. Now, dental bone graft surgery 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 is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any other procedure.
After tooth extraction, the patient has a space in their mouth where the tooth was used. This area is surrounded by alveolar bone, which supports 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. For this type of graft, bovine bone is usually used, and within a few months, the graft causes new bone to grow so that implant dentist Brooklyn specialist Dr. Umanoff can place tooth implant.
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, small 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 daily.
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 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.
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 offers complete dental and grafting services and is eager to help you. With over 20 years of experience and the latest technologies, Dr. Umanoff provides the best dental implants in Brooklyn, NY. Call us at 718-382-3444 and let us care for you.