Bone Grafting in Marlboro and East Brunswick
What is bone grafting?
If you have been missing a tooth for several months, your jawbone will begin to atrophy. Bone grafting is a safe and routine procedure in which we reconstruct bone that has deteriorated from tooth loss, building the area up in preparation for dental implant placement. The process our doctors use to graft donor bone into the jaw encourages the body to grow new bone which creates a structure in which implant teeth can be placed.
What causes jawbone loss?
In addition to biting and chewing, our teeth provide stimulation to the jaw which serves to keep it healthy and fit. Once that stimulation has ceased and the inability to adequately chew occurs due to a missing tooth, the body reallocates minerals away from the part of your jaw that anchors teeth in place, known as the alveolar bone. When you have lost a permanent tooth, the deterioration of the jawbone sets in immediately. Other causes of jawbone loss stem from periodontal disease, denture use, trauma, tumors, and more.
Consequences of Jawbone Loss
- Altered facial features and facial collapse
- Decreased stability of remaining teeth
- Headaches and jaw pain from TMJ
- Difficulty speaking
- Inadequate nutrition
- Skin wrinkling
Minor Bone Grafting
We offer a variety of bone-grafting procedures, most of which are minor, to rebuild your jaw in preparation for dental implant placement.
Major Bone Grafting
We provide advanced treatments for those who have lost a significant amount of bone due to trauma, cysts, tumors, or defect. Major bone grafting involves the use of additional materials and technology, and occasionally, we team with other specialists to ensure you get the best care possible.
Where does the new bone come from?
It could be as straight forward as opening a package of synthetic bone or more complex, using grafts form the chin or ramus. We will discuss with you the pros and cons of each when you come in for a consultation.
How hard is the recovery after a bone graft?
As the anesthesia from the surgery wears off, you may experience some discomfort, but that mild soreness can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. If you require any additional prescriptions, we’ll discuss them with you at your appointment before your surgery. After the procedure, we will place implants once the bone has fully healed and grown which takes 3-6 months.
Bone grafting is a common and predictable procedure that allows for your body to naturally regrow bone that can support implant teeth. If you have any questions about the procedure, please call one of our offices today! Manalapan / Marlboro Office Phone Number (732) 972-0002