Bone Grafting in NYC
The Park Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides dental bone grafting in New York City. Call 212-393-4639 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Bone grafting is sometimes required to fix defects in the jawbone. It is a form of reconstructive surgery that helps rebuild bone and increase density. Bone grafting ranges from minor to major, and is most often performed to correct problems resulting from:
- Birth defects
- Tumor removal
- Bone resorption following tooth loss
Minor vs. Major Bone Grafting
Minor bone grafting is most often performed to enhance the quality and quantity of jawbone in preparation for dental implant placement. When a tooth is lost, the body naturally begins to resorb the jawbone where the tooth roots are no longer present. Dental implants replace the tooth roots, reversing this process, but there must be sufficient jawbone to support the implants.
Minor bone grafting is typically done in our office. Depending on the circumstances, we may harvest the patient’s own bone, although synthetic materials are often used. Bone heals slowly, so it typically takes 4 to 6 months from the time of the bone graft until dental implants are placed.
More extensive bone grafting, such as the correction of congenital defects, is usually performed in a hospital. Bone may be harvested from the patient’s skull, hip, or another part of the body.
Common Bone Grafting Procedures
Commonly performed bone grafting procedures include, but are not limited to:
Ridge Augmentation: Ridge augmentation is the procedure used to prepare the jawbone for dental implants. It can increase both the height and the width of the jaw ridge through both grafting and mechanical manipulation of the bone. Ridge augmentation not only provides strong, dense bone for implants, but it also improves aesthetics by filling in the face and reducing the appearance of aging.
Socket Preservation: Socket preservation is sometimes performed after a tooth extraction to minimize bone loss. Bone grafting or bone growth stimulating materials are placed in the socket where the tooth used to be to prevent the natural process of resorption from occurring.
Sinus Lift: A sinus lift adds bone to the upper jaw in the premolar or molar region. After the bone is exposed, we cut a small circular hole in it to access the sinus. We then gently push the sinus membrane up and away from the jawbone, and place bone graft material in the space to support it. We then close the incision and allow the bone to heal.
Call 212-393-4639 to schedule your appointment.