Valley Stream Dentist
Missing Teeth Replaced in Valley Stream
Today there are several different ways that patients can have their missing teeth replaced. Usually, one of the best ways to have this done is to get dental implants. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like regular teeth. However, sometimes patients are not excellent candidates for this procedure. Many of these patients can be helped by getting bone grafting at our Contemporary Dental Implant Centre from our Valley Stream dentist.
When a patient loses a tooth, the jawbone may atrophy. This means that the jawbone will actually reabsorb and become thinner and less healthy. Much of this process occurs during the first year following tooth loss. So even if you have not had a missing tooth for a long period of time, you may already be experiencing resulting problems in your jawbone. When a jawbone atrophies it may be unable to successfully hold a dental implant. A dental implant root must be able to fully fuse to the jawbone and be securely held by the jawbone; this is what makes dental implants so secure. If the jawbone is not healthy, it may not also be able to fully heal from the oral surgery that is required to get the dental implant in place. So, many patients are told that they cannot get dental implants because of this jawbone problem. However, often patients are happy to learn when they come to our Valley Stream dentist that they can be made to be excellent candidates for getting dental implants by getting bone grafting.
Bone grafting is a procedure which can be performed at our office which will actually make your jawbone thicker and healthier. Our Valley Stream dentist is an expert in performing this procedure, which occurs before dental implant surgery takes place. Not only will bone grafting be able to make your jawbone healthier, but it will also very likely make your face look more youthful. When the jawbone atrophies it can affect the way you look, and give that affected part of your face sunken appearance. Having bone grafting will result in your face being able to retain a more youthful appearance. This is also one of the benefits of having dental implants – the dental implant root portion will also keep your jawbone from ever atrophying due to tooth loss. For an appointment to meet with our Valley Stream dentist regarding getting dental implants, or bone grafting, or both, contact us today.