Types of Bone Grafting
Some of the most common types of bone grafting include:
When a tooth is extracted, it leaves behind an empty socket. Because there is no tooth to stimulate the jawbone, the socket may shrink as the jawbone resorbs due to lack of use. Socket preservation is a preventative measure that is performed by implanting bone grafting material at the same time as extraction to preserve the jawbone for future tooth replacement.
The maxillary sinuses are air-filled spaces above the upper jawbone. A loss of bone in this area requires a special bone-grafting procedure called a “sinus lift” to rebuild the bone in preparation for a dental implant. Also known as “sinus augmentation”, this common procedure is done by raising the sinus membrane and placing bone-grafting material underneath it. This procedure has revolutionized care for those with no upper teeth who would like a more comfortable and convenient option than dentures can provide.
Ridge augmentation is similar to socket preservation in that it involves the repair of the bone underneath an empty tooth socket. However, instead of being done at the same time as extraction (as with socket preservation), it is performed after bone resorption has already occurred. The treatment involves the implanting of bone grafting material in the site to act as scaffolding for new bone growth.
The process of bone grafting has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to the replacement of missing teeth. Call Dr. Falk, Dr. Vitale and Dr. Niebloom – West Orange Office: West Orange Office Phone Number 973-736-7616 , West Caldwell Office: West Caldwell Office Phone Number 973-575-8575, Parsippany Office: Parsippany Office Phone Number 973-335-3777 to see what bone grafting can do for you!