Dental implants can give you the strong, healthy smile you’ve always wanted, but this innovative procedure only works if you have enough bone in your jaw to support it. That’s why Rene Horvilleur, DDS, and his team perform bone graft procedures at their state-of-the-art office in Midtown East, New York City. A bone graft refers to a surgical procedure in which the team adds material to your jawbone. They can do this with a synthetic material, or by taking bone from another area of your body, such as your hip. For more information on bone graft surgery, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or book an appointment online.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a portion of bone from one part of your body and moves it to another. In some cases, the surgeon may use a special synthetic bone grafting material instead. This procedure is designed to add support to an area that doesn’t have enough healthy bone. In dentistry, this means creating additional support for the jawbone.
Why would I need a bone graft?
There are two main reasons the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, might recommend a bone graft:
If Rene Horvilleur, DDS, determines that you need a tooth extraction because of gum disease, you may be at risk of bone resorption — a process in which the body breaks down bone and reabsorbs it. This often happens if your gum tissue and supporting bone are no longer healthy.
Bone resorption can begin to take effect within just three to six months after a tooth extraction. To prevent further damage, your dental team may use a bone graft to add support to the socket left behind by your missing tooth.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace your tooth roots if you have a missing tooth. They hold your prosthetic teeth securely in place, just like your natural tooth roots. The team inserts these implants into your gums and jawbone. During the healing process, the implant itself bonds to your jawbone, further stabilizing it.
Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they’re only a good option if you have a healthy supporting bone. Unfortunately, problems like gum disease can erode the healthy bone in your jaw. If you don’t have enough supporting bone and tissue in your jaw, Dr. Horvilleur and his team can perform a bone graft procedure.
What can I expect from the bone graft process?
Most bone graft surgeries typically require a local anesthetic, but you may receive a dose of nitrous oxide, or an oral or IV sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Your provider then makes a small incision into your gums and folds them back to place the bone graft material.
After the procedure, your healing process should take several months, during which time new bone growth naturally replaces the grafting material. Once you have enough jawbone, the team can start the dental implant process. Call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about your options.