Bone grafting is performed to restore your bone to it’s previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma.
Numerous problems can cause the bone surrounding the supporting teeth to erode, including the following:
Bone defects or infection
Bone is too thin or short to support implants
Untreated periodontal disease
Other medical conditions
Bone density weakness
A successful bone graft allows you to generate new bone to provide support for your dental implants.
How a bone graft works
Dr. Suditu uses a scalpel to remove a small amount of bone from an area with more to spare. Next, he/she transfers the extracted bone to the intended implant area. You are under local anesthesia the entire time.
If your oral surgeon needs to remove and transfer a large amount of bone, he/she might need to cut your gum tissue wider to get a better look at the bone. This procedure is known as reflecting a full thickness periosteal flap.
Once you have healed from your bone graft, you’re ready to move on to receive your dental implants. Please contact Mel Mel Dental at 845.632.6613 to schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you.