Jaw Bone Grafting in Roslyn, NY

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Bone grafting may be required to address defects in a patient’s jaw. Bone grafting is a form of reconstructive surgery that helps to generate and rebuild bone and increase bone density.

Bone grafting surgery is performed to correct problems that may be the result of:

  • Defects present from birth
  • Trauma
  • Removal of a tumor
  • Tooth loss and subsequent loss of bone in the related jaw area

Minor Bone Grafting

The most common bone grafting procedure is performed to enhance the upper or lower jaw bone in order to increase bone quantity and density in preparation for the placement of dental implants.

When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone often is often affected over time. Patients without enough jaw bone mass are not candidates for dental implants. Bone grafting is often performed to reverse bone loss or enhance existing bone, allowing for the placement of dental implants after the bone graft has healed and created the necessary foundation for the implants.

Bone grafting for the purpose of rebuilding jaw bone to support dental implants can usually be done in our office. The surgeon may recommend that the grafting material be taken from the patient’s own bone or from another source. Synthetic material can also be used to generate bone growth. Bone grafting allows for proper support of dental implants or prostheses. Healing time prior to the placement of the implants is generally between 4 – 6 months, though it can sometimes take longer.

Major Bone Grafting

For more extensive bone grafting procedures, such as the correction of congenital defects, a hospital setting is required and grafting material may be taken from other areas such as the skull or hip.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Grafting

Is dental bone grafting painful?

A dental bone grafting procedure is not painful for most patients. The area being worked on will be numbed to ensure your comfort. Once the local anesthetic wears off in the hours after your appointment, you may experience some tenderness at the surgical site, but this can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Are you put to sleep for a dental bone graft?

No, there is no need for general anesthesia with dental bone grafts. We use a local anesthetic to keep you from feeling any pain and, if needed, we can provide safe dental sedation to help you feel calm and relaxed during your procedure.

How long after a bone graft can I eat?

We recommend that you wait until your local anesthetic has worn off before you begin eating again to prevent injury. Avoid chewing near the surgical site until it has healed; a diet of soft foods is best for a day or two after your procedure.

Are antibiotics necessary after a dental bone graft?

If you have a health condition that places you at a higher risk of infection, Dr. Cooper may prescribe antibiotics for you to take after your dental bone grafting procedure. For most patients, this is not necessary.

Can I get an implant without a bone graft?

A foundation of adequate bone is necessary for a successful dental implant procedure. Bone grafting helps patients get access to their desired treatment by providing sufficient bone to support osseointegration (the connection between living bone and dental implant). However, there are some types of dental implants that can be placed without a bone graft. You will need to be evaluated to see if you are a candidate for one of these procedures, but if you have experienced bone loss in the jaw, you will likely need to have a bone grafting procedure ahead of a dental implant procedure to ensure its success.