Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

If you are someone who requires dental implants, there is a chance that you may also require a simple bone grafting procedure. Many people hear this and immediately feel nervous, as, to be completely honest, it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. However, you can rest assured that our experienced New Jersey dental team has been successfully conducting this procedure on patients for years, and we know we can do the same for you, too. Please continue reading and reach out to our team to learn more about bone grafting and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have about the process ahead:

What is a bone grafting procedure?

Essentially, if you are someone who requires an implant procedure but does not have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw, you will most likely have to undergo a bone grafting procedure. Your dentist will increase the amount of bone in the desired area, generally from an area where you have more than enough bone and essentially transplant it. However, your dentist may also use a mineral bone substitute, human bone from a tissue bank, or even processed animal bones. In most cases, your dentist will simply drill into your jawbone, producing shavings, which should be enough to successfully complete the procedure.

Are there different types of bone grafting?

Yes. One way in which your dentist may conduct a bone grafting procedure is as a separate surgery from your implant placement. In this case, the bone grafting procedure and the implant procedure will be done several months apart so that the bone has a chance to firmly bond to your jawbone. That being said, the other option is that if you already have enough bone to place the implant, however, you require bone grafting to cover the sides of the implant, you will most likely have this done on the same day as when your implants are placed. The two bone grafting techniques are sinus grafting and onlay grafting. Essentially, sinus grafting is when your dentist adds height to the bone located behind your cheekbone, while sinus grafting is when your dentist will place the bone on top of the area that needs it. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give our experienced team a call today. We are always here to help.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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