Bone Graft Specialist

Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry -  - General Dentistry

Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry

General Dentistry & Prosthodontists located in Greenwich Village, New York, NY

A bone graft can add substance to your jaw to restore its shape or help it hold a dental implant for the rest of your life. At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the team plans your bone grafting surgery and monitors you as you recover. To determine if a bone graft is necessary for you, call your nearest Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry location or book an appointment online today.

Bone Graft Q & A

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a way of strengthening your jawbone to restore your appearance after bone loss has occurred, or it can help prepare you for a new dental implant. The Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry team can determine if you have any bone loss by using X-ray imaging. 

Before performing the bone graft, the team works with you to decide which bone graft is the most suitable option in your case. Your dentist accounts for your personal preference and the additional healing time involved if they use your own bone material from elsewhere in your body. Types of bone grafts include:

  • Autografts: bone material from your hip, jaw, or elsewhere
  • Allografts: bone material from a human donor
  • Alloplastic: artificial bone material
  • Xenografts: bone material from an animal donor

Your dentist secures the bone material within the bone using a dissolvable material or with screws. After the graft, you’ll make several follow-up visits to track the healing and bone integration. 

Why do I need a bone graft?

After you lose a tooth, your jawbone might lose mass over time. The roots of your teeth help maintain the mass in your jawbone, so losing bone mass in the region is common after having a tooth extraction if you don’t get a dental implant to replace the root soon after. 

You can also lose bone mass in your jaw because of an extensive infection resulting from years of poor oral hygiene. To avoid this outcome, you should take care of your teeth by diligently getting your regular cleanings and, of course, brushing and flossing your teeth daily. 

Getting a bone graft can also help prevent further bone loss and resulting complications in the future. 

How should I prepare for an upcoming bone graft?

During your consultation for a bone graft, whether it precedes a dental implant or not, the team at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry gives you a checklist of steps to take before your surgery appointment. It might include:

  • Finishing any other necessary dental procedures beforehand
  • Making arrangements for a ride to and from the appointment
  • Adjusting one or more of the medications you take regularly
  • Fasting for 8-12 hours before the procedure
  • Making arrangements for time off work

Recovering from a bone graft can be an uncomfortable process, and you’ll need to eat soft foods for several days while avoiding strenuous physical activity. You should become familiar with the aftercare for a bone graft so that you can prepare your home and your schedule accordingly. 

To schedule a consultation for a bone graft or determine if you need one before getting implants, call Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.