Bone atrophy in the jaw and alveolar ridge (the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth) is associated with prolonged tooth loss because the roots of your natural teeth are no longer continuously stimulated when you chew to keep it healthy. For a good dental implant placement, patients require a certain amount of healthy bone in the jaw.
If you have bone loss in your jaw and are interested in receiving dental implants, your oral surgeon may recommend bone grafting in the implant area to help ensure that your implants have long-term viability. Drs. Friedman and Schulhof are experts at the bone grafting procedures that offer our patients with bone loss a chance to receive the dental implants they desire. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons trained in the full scope of oral surgery procedures, our doctors also use bone grafting in the treatment of other oral and maxillofacial conditions, such as in the repair of facial abnormalities and injuries.
Since bone grafts are so effective at helping to build bone mass and strength in areas of the jaw where implants are to be placed, bone grafting is often a first step in the dental implant process. These types of bone grafts usually consist of a solution of granulated bone material (or other healing agents) that is applied to the areas with insufficient bone. The bone material we use is sourced either from another part of your body or a tissue bank. At North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we perform several types of bone grafting treatments to meet our patient’s needs:
If the quality or quantity of gum tissue is lacking around the area where a dental implant is to be inserted, soft tissue grafts can also be an important part of a successful dental implant placement. Grafted healthy tissue harvested from another part of your oral cavity can promote optimal healing around a dental implant and help to ensure an optimal long-term result.
As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Friedman and Schulhof are highly experienced and trained in a wide range of soft tissue and bone grafting techniques. During your consultation with your oral surgeon, the health of your gum tissue and your jaw bone will be assessed to discover if a tissue or bone graft will benefit you.
Bone and soft tissue grafting can make dental implants an option for patients who have insufficient bone or soft tissue on the oral cavity to support a strong dental implant placement. If needed, undergoing these procedures can greatly improve the stability and viability of your dental implants. Please give North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery a call if you have questions about the grafting procedures we perform at our practice, or if you are ready to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons. We look forward to providing you with the very best oral surgery care!