Restore Your Candidacy for Dental Implants with a Bone Graft
Dental implants can have life-changing benefits for patients with missing teeth, but need to be placed in strong, dense bone tissue in order to be successful for a lifetime. A dental bone graft is a relatively simple surgical procedure that can help restore and strengthen areas of your jawbone affected by bone loss. Drs. Donald Kahn, Daniel Aldieri, and Angela Ferrari have all received advanced training in the field of implantology and can perform this preparatory surgery at their office in Farmingdale, NY. Although a bone graft can give your implants enhanced stability and support, we also offer alternatives such as mini dental implants and All-on-4® implants for patients who meet the requirements. During your consultation, we will work one-on-one with you to design a unique treatment plan that addresses your needs.
Do You Need a Bone Graft?
Many patients need a bone graft prior to receiving dental implants. A recent study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that approximately half of all patients studied needed a bone graft prior to their implant surgery. You may benefit from a bone graft if you have or have had:
- Prolonged tooth loss
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Facial trauma
In order to assess the quantity and quality of your remaining jawbone, we will take digital x-rays of your smile. These images allow our doctors to identify areas with bone loss and plan where your bone grafts are needed.
What to Expect
Your bone graft will typically be scheduled three months prior to your implant surgery. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we have various sedation options available, including nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation. We will help you choose which option is right for you based on the extent of your surgery and personal preferences.
In addition to restoring your candidacy for dental implants, a bone graft can help you restore your facial contours.
During your procedure, one of our doctors will use either grafting to add volume to areas that have been affected by bone loss. The dentist will create an incision in your gums to access your recessed jawbone. He or she will then secure the graft in place and close the area with sutures again.
If you follow the recovery instructions and refrain from unhealthy habits such as smoking, you can typically achieve a full recovery and be ready for implant surgery within three months.
Alternatives to Bone Grafting
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are usually used to replace smaller teeth, such as your incisors and cuspids. They are much smaller than traditional dental implants and require much less bone tissue for implantation. In most cases, mini dental implants can be placed without a bone graft. However, your eligibility for mini dental implants will depend on your unique case.
Developed by Nobel Biocare™, the All-on-4 technique was created to help patients restore a full arch of teeth using only four dental implants. Two of the implants are strategically placed in the jawbone at a tilted angle, maximizing stability without requiring a graft.
Explore the Benefits
If you have been told that you are ineligible for dental implants due to jawbone atrophy, bone grafting may be right for you. In addition to restoring your candidacy for dental implants, a bone graft can help you restore your facial contours.
The results of this procedure are highly predictable, and studies have also shown that implants placed in grafted material have similar success rates to implants placed in natural bone tissue.
Rebuild Your Jawbone
If you are ready to take the first step towards replacing missing teeth, call our office at (516) 249-1188 or message us online to schedule your consultation.
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