Smithtown Bone Grafting
Bone Grafting in Smithtown
A dental implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. In some cases there is not enough bone left to accept that implant, or the bone has been reabsorbed into the jaw narrowing or shortening the bone left at the place where the implant must go. A Smithtown bone grafting is a solution to this problem that replaces the bone sufficiently to allow for an implant. Our doctors Contemporary Dental Implant Centre perform several different types of bone grafting procedures to help patients benefit from dental implants.
According to our Smithtown bone grafting doctors, the optimal time to perform a bone grafting procedure is when the tooth is being extracted. Two-thirds of all bone loss associated with reabsorbing of the jawbone occurs during the first three months after the extraction, so the sooner the grafting can be done the better the chances for a successful dental implant later. Some of the upper teeth extend into the maxillary sinuses behind the cheeks and on top of the upper jaw and when one of these teeth is extracted often only a thin wall of bone is left separating the maxillary sinuses and the mouth. If the height of the remaining bone is insufficient to accept an implant our doctors can perform a Sinus Lift procedure. During this procedure our doctor will enter the sinus through the top of the space where the removed tooth once stood and lift the sinus membrane upward. Donor bone is then placed into the floor of the sinus. After a few months the grafted bone will become a part of the jaw and an implant can then be placed.
Our Smithtown bone grafting practice also performs what are considered major bone grafting procedures. In a major bone grafting procedure a large section of the jaw is replaced through grafting. These major bone graft procedures are usually made necessary due to the removal of a large section of bone due to cancer, cysts, tumor or other forms of pathology. In some cases major bone grafts are performed to correct for a birth defect, such as a cleft or as the result of an injury or other trauma. If you are in a situation where you might benefit from a bone graft or need teeth extracted call our office as soon as possible for an evaluation.