Those who lack adequate jawbone density may not qualify for dental implant surgery. In these cases, a dental bone graft can be placed to create a proper foundation for implants. A bone graft is derived from natural or synthetic sources and is placed in areas of low bone density. As members of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Drs. Khaled Eldin and Mouner Amer are uniquely qualified to provide bone graft surgery at their practice serving the greater Old Bridge, NJ, area.
Do You Need a Bone Graft?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, your doctor will measure the dimensions of your jawbone. Tooth loss leads to bone recession in the jaw; eventually, the jaw becomes unable to accommodate implants.
Proper bone density is essential for dental implant placement. Without enough bone to stabilize the dental implants, the devices can easily fail. However, when implants are placed into the right amount of healthy bone tissue by an experienced dentist, the failure rate is extremely low.
The Bone Grafting Process
During bone grafting, local anesthesia is administered for patient comfort. If sedation is desired, our office offers both nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation options. During the procedure, the bone grafting material is surgically placed in the area of low bone density. After placement of the graft, the site is covered with a special membrane to promote the fusion of the graft to the jaw. We also offer optional platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) therapy, a treatment that uses the patient's own growth factors to accelerate healing.
Bone grafting restores a proper foundation for dental implants.
A sinus lift is a specific type of dental bone graft that raises the sinus membrane. It may be recommended if these tissues lay too close to the implant placement site. During this procedure, the doctor carefully gains access to the sinuses through the jawbone. Once the sinus membrane is reached, it is gently lifted to make room for the bone graft. Eventually, the upper jaw will become able to accommodate dental implants.
When implants are placed into the right amount of healthy bone tissue by an experienced dentist, the failure rate is extremely low.
About the Grafts
In some cases, the bone graft may be obtained from another portion of the patient’s jaw. Today, however, most bone grafting material is purchased from a bone and tissue bank. This less invasive approach significantly reduces the need for multiple surgical sites.
What to Expect after a Bone Graft
Patients can expect some soreness and discomfort after receiving a bone graft. In some cases, painkillers and other doctor-supervised medicines may be prescribed. Unless the patient experiences complications, his or her bone graft will require around four to six months to fully integrate.
Drs. Eldin and Amer monitor healing with advanced imaging technology. By doing so, they can ensure the bone graft is healing appropriately. When the site has completely healed, the patient will be scheduled for dental implant placement.
Contact Us Today
If you have considered replacing your missing teeth with dental implant-supported restorations, contact our office nearest you. New Jersey Dental Centers can help you determine if a bone graft or other preparatory procedures are necessary. Our practice serves patients in Old Bridge, Neptune City, Saddle Brook, Woodland Park, and Fort Lee, and New York City. We work with most insurance companies and accept cash, check, credit cards, CareCredit®, and in-house financing in select cases.