Bone Grafting New York City
Do you have missing teeth that you would like to replace with dental implants? Have you also been told that, due to your missing teeth, you have lost bone and you no longer have enough bone left to support those desired dental implants? If so, you’ve probably been told that you need a bone grafting procedure before you can proceed with having your dental implants placed. But, what is bone grafting, and what does it entail? Read on to learn about bone grafting from New York City periodontist Dr. Kissel.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is done to “build” jawbone. Using donor tissue acquired from a tissue bank, periodontist Dr. Kissel will perform your bone grafting surgery in his office to carefully and strategically rebuild your jawbone so that it can accept and fuse around a dental implant. Bone grafting is a very personalized periodontal surgical procedure, and no two New York City residents will have the exact same treatment plan. While it is great to research the procedure online to get an idea of the questions to ask Dr. Kissel, only a consultation with him in his office can explain your specific bone grafting procedure in exact detail.
What is a Typical Bone Grafting Procedure Like?
While no two New York City residents will have the exact same bone grafting procedure, we can explain what a typical situation is like to give you a better idea of how the surgery is performed. In your average bone grafting case, a patient has a missing tooth or teeth that he would like replaced with dental implants, and the tooth or teeth in question have been missing for quite some time.
Because the tooth or teeth have been missing for years, the jawbone has shrunk. Why does this happen? Well, your tooth root does more than simply hold your tooth in place. It actually stimulates your jawbones growth. When you have a tooth removal or have a tooth fall out, you now longer have the tooth root in place to promote healthy jawbone growth. Therefore bone resorption, or jawbone shrinkage, occurs.
When you arrive at Dr. Kissel’s office for your bone grafting surgery, your mouth will be numbed with anesthesia to make you comfortable and ensure that you feel no discomfort throughout the procedure. An incision will be made in your gums to access your jawbone. The decided materials will be secured into place and your gum tissue is closed over the materials.
Recovering from Your Bone Grafting Surgery
After your bone grafting procedure, you will be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection, analgesic medication to manage your discomfort and an antibacterial mouthwash. You’ll need to eat a soft food diet immediately after your procedure, and avoid placing pressure on the surgical site. If you normally wear dentures, you may not be able to wear them immediately after your surgery. And if you have natural teeth near the bone grafting site, it’s possible that a temporary bridge will be fabricated to protect the surgical site.
All in all, it takes anywhere between 6 to 9 months for New York City patients to fully heal from a bone grafting procedure and to be ready for dental implants.
Getting Dental Implants After a Bone Grafting Surgery
Aside from the steps listed above, there are no additional special considerations for New York City bone grafting patients once it comes time to receive their dental implants. Their titanium dental implants will be inserted into their newly regenerated jawbone, which will fuse around the dental implant keeping it secure for a lifetime of usage.
What Else Should I Know About Getting a Bone Graft Before Getting a Dental Implant?
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and desire dental implants, it’s understandable that you may be disappointed to learn that you first need a bone grafting procedure. After all, you simply want to restore your smile and regain the oral functionality of having natural teeth. Why does it seem like the odds are stacked against you?
Rest assured, that even if you do need a bone grafting procedure, dental implants are still the best tooth replacement option ever. Stronger than dentures and more sturdy than a dental bridge, dental implants are built to last a lifetime, look more natural than any other tooth replacement option, and allow you to eat all your favorite foods without the risk of your implants moving, shifting or breaking.
Scheduling Your Bone Grafting Consultation
If you’re ready to schedule a bone grafting consultation with Dr. Kissel, then don’t delay. Contact his office in the New York City area office today at (212) 702-9088.