Valley Stream Dental Office
When replacing missing teeth the most effective method is often the dental implant. Dental implants are titanium anchors that are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone and over time bond with the bone effectively become a part of the bone. This makes the replacement tooth that is attached to the implant extremely strong and stable, much more so than denture or bridges that have been traditionally used to replace missing teeth. Our Valley Stream dental office of Contemporary Dental Implant Centre has been helping replace missing teeth for the residents of the surrounding communities. Our doctors are specially trained and experienced in all phases of implant dentistry and practice in our state-of-the-art office facilities.
An implant procedure starts with a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth and the area where the missing tooth once stood. Our doctor will use digital radiographs to ascertain whether there is adequate bone structure at the site of the missing tooth to support an implant. When a tooth is lost over time the jawbone can atrophy or be reabsorbed, when this happens the remaining jawbone will not be sufficient to hold the implant. In these cases the doctors in our Valley Stream dental office will perform a bone graft to grow bones where they are needed. Bone grafts use bone from other parts of the patient’s body such as the hip, skull, tibia or other parts of the jaw or specimens provided by a tissue bank and allograft material from cadavers. When placed at the site of the missing tooth promote growth of the patient’s own bone to the proper size and shape needed.
Our Valley Stream dental office performs minor bone grafts, which are generally used for implant support and more major grafts that are needed to replace parts of the jaw that have sustained major injuries, been weakened by gum disease or extractions. Our doctors can also perform a sinus bone graft to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. Bone grafts are used to strengthen the sinus structures after upper teeth have been extracted. When the jaw ridge gets too thin our doctors use bone grafts to expand the ridge by adding extra height and/or width. There are many other uses of bone grafts within the mouth but the most common grafting procedures are relatively simple grafts to support dental implants. Advancements in dental implants and bone grafts have brought replacement teeth to patients that were once not good candidates for implantation. If you have missing teeth, let our doctors evaluate your mouth to see if implants can help your smile.