Not everyone needs a bone graft. It’s mostly used for those who have gone a long time with missing teeth. A bone graft may be needed before you can get dental implants if bone density in your jaw is low. A minor, outpatient procedure, a bone grafting procedure isn’t major surgery, but it still needs to be done properly. Only an experienced family dentist can determine if it’s what you need. Call Dr. Alex Shalman in Lower Manhattan for an initial consultation.
A bone graft is an oral surgery that involves using either natural or synthetic bone tissue material to repair and regenerate your jaw bone density. You may need a dental bone graft if you suffer from bone loss in your jaw and want to get denture implants or even a single tooth implant. A bone graft is not always necessary for these procedures.
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Consulting a dental implant specialist like Dr. Alex Shalman allows you to get the right advice about your teeth and your overall oral health. That’s because he practices both family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. He knows the best smiles are also the healthiest. If you need a bone graft, Dr. Shalman cares as much about your appearance as he does about your health. His boutique dental practice, located conveniently in Downtown Manhattan, boasts comfortable surroundings and cutting-edge dental technology. But the real draw is a dentist who prides himself on patient care.
Bone loss isn’t always noticeable, since the process occurs slowly over time. Most often, the culprit is one or more missing teeth that you have not replaced. Every tooth is anchored in your mouth by a root in jaw, and the roots stimulate your jaw bone. A bone graft procedure may become necessary or desirable when:
A bone graft is a relatively straightforward outpatient procedure, mostly for an aging population who’ve lost teeth some time ago. The bone loss process takes time. Dr. Shalman has the training and skills to perform oral surgery for you or any member of your family.
Bad oral hygiene is a major contributor toward dental problems like a hole in a tooth, tooth decay and tooth infections. All of these may eventually lead to a tooth falling out or the need for a tooth extraction. While emergency dental care or an implant can save your teeth, inaction may cause you to start losing bone mass. To prevent missing teeth and bone loss, avoid circumstances and situations that do not protect your jaw bone, such as:
A bone grafting surgery is an outpatient procedure done in your dentist’s office. You go home afterward to heal. Before the procedure, Dr. Shalman administers a local anesthetic. Then he makes a small incision in your gums to access the deteriorated bone. After adding in the bone graft material, he sews up the incision. The most common bone graft options include:
If your need for a bone graft is minor, Dr. Shalman may be able to fit your dental implant posts immediately after the grafting procedure. Otherwise, before you can get the implants, you have to wait until you heal, which can take several weeks or longer. While you heal, the graft fuses with your jaw bone, promoting new bone growth.
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