Strengthen your jawbone with Jaw Bone Grafting in Staten Island, NY. This method of Bone Graft provides a stable foundation to support your artificial teeth.
High-quality dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. For some people, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed and is therefore not substantial enough to support dental implants. In the past, this meant that many patients with deteriorated jawbones were not candidates for dental implants. Today, modern advances in oral surgery have allowed surgeons to grow bone where it is needed by using a procedure called "bone grafting". Bone grafting gives us the ability to transplant bone grafts of proper length and width into the jawbone to form a stable foundation for dental implants, enabling patients to enjoy the functionality and aesthetic appearance of high-quality artificial teeth.
Bone grafting is an effective approach to repairing implant sites with inadequate bone structure. Since bone tissue is able to regenerate and grow, strategic placement of bone grafts can encourage bone growth where it is needed. After the graft has been placed, the bone generally needs to heal for a period of four to nine months.
The material used for a bone grafting procedure is determined by several factors and varies from case to case. Large defects are generally repaired using the patient's own bone. If Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Stein determine that this is the best course of action in your individual case, the graft will be harvested from your jaw, skull, hip, or lateral knee, depending on the amount of bone needed for the graft. Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaw that result from traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. In other cases, bone from cadavers or synthetic materials may be used for the graft. A new product, Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) is a protein that stimulates the formation of new bone. This product can be used in lieu of grafting a patient's own bone, avoiding a donor site and providing the best possible bone for implants.
In some cases, bone grafting procedures are often used with banked bone while others are performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay. During the bone grafting procedure, bone will be harvested from appropriate sites and transplanted to the part of the body where it's needed. In some cases, David Hoffman, D.D.S. or Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. may insert special self-dissolving membranes under the gum to protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. They will discuss the details of your specific case during your initial consultation.
The maxillary sinuses are located behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. The roots of the natural upper teeth sometimes extend up into the maxillary sinuses. If these upper teeth are removed for any reason, only a thin layer of bone separates the maxillary sinus and the mouth. This can become problematic because dental implants require bone to hold them in place. If the sinus wall becomes very thin due to bone loss, it is impossible to firmly anchor dental implants. In these cases, a special bone grafting procedure called a sinus lift may be necessary.
During a sinus lift procedure, David Hoffman, D.D.S. or Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. will enter the sinus cavity from the empty space created by the missing upper teeth and lift the sinus membrane upward in order to insert bone grafts into the sinus floor. Over the course of several months, the bone regenerates and becomes part of the patient's jaw, making it possible for dental implants to be inserted. If enough bone exists between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus to stabilize the dental implant, sinus lift and implant placement can be performed as a single procedure. In cases where there is an insufficient amount of bone, the sinus lift will need to be performed first and the grafts given time to mature. Dental implants can then be inserted several months later.
For some patients, the jaw isn't wide enough to support dental implants and a bone graft is needed to alter the height or width of the jawbone. This technique, called a ridge expansion, restores the jawbone to make it wide enough to support conventional dental implants. During this procedure, Dr. Hoffman or Dr. Stein will use a special saw to split the jaw along the top ridge, expanding the width of the jaw and creating enough space to insert bone grafts. For some patients, dental implants can be placed immediately following the ridge expansion. In other cases, the bone will need time to heal first. Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Stein will discuss the specifics of your case with you during your initial consultation.
David Hoffman, D.D.S. or Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. would be happy to discuss bone grafting with you. Please call 718.226.1251 to schedule an appointment for a private consultation at Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305