Smithtown Bone Grafting
Bone Grafting in Smithtown
Thanks to advances in oral surgery the use of a dental implant has become the best, most natural approach to replacing missing teeth. An implant places a titanium anchor directly into the jawbone, which over time bonds with the bone essentially becoming a part of it. Before an implant can be placed our doctor will take digital radiographs to make sure that there is enough bone material at the implant site to support it. If sufficient bone material is not present in Smithtown bone grafting may be used to solve the problem.
When a tooth is lost the bone under it can start to atrophy, leaving the area with too little bone material or poor bone material. In the past this would make the patient a poor candidate for a dental implant. In Smithtown bone grafting is allowing these patients to benefit from strong, secure, beautiful new teeth attached to implants. Bone grafts are not only used to place implants but to also repair major defects in the jaw, lift sinuses and to expand a dental ridge that has receded or is too narrow. Some cases, such as with most implants a small or minor bone graft is all that is needed while other cases, such as a jaw repair may require a major graft. In a bone graft bone material is placed at the spot to bolster or build up the original bone that is left. As well as adding new bone material a bone graft can also stimulate the growth of new bone in the area. The bone graft uses bone material that is either taken from the patient’s jaw, hip or tibia, or in some cases brought in from a tissue bank that uses cadaver tissue.
Smithtown bone grafts are also used in a variety of other procedures especially those that require rebuilding areas of the jaw or filling in for bone material that has been removed in order to restore balance in the patient’s facial structure. Whether you need to replace a missing tooth or a set of teeth, or have major structural and functional problems of the jaw our doctors can use bone grafts, implants and a variety of other advanced techniques to help you. Call our office for an appointment.