When you lose a tooth or even several teeth, you may think it only affects your smile and your eating and speaking abilities. You may think you can wait a few months or even years to replace the teeth until you have the time and energy to deal with the process. However, missing teeth can have a more far-reaching impact on your oral health than you might think. Without a tooth in place to keep your jaw stimualated, your body may begin taking nutrients and material from that part of your jawbone to use for other parts of your body, causing your jawbone to shrink. This can result in a less attractive appearance for your face, and it also means that you may not be able to get a dental implant installed in that area.
Bone grafting in Norwalk, Connecticut, may be a procedure that our oral surgeon, Dr. Imanuel Babayev, will recommend to address any defects in a patient’s jaw. Bone grafting can be used to help revitalize bone and increase its density. This surgical procedure can be used to correct problems that may be the result of birth defects, trauma, tumor removal and tooth loss.
Minor Bone Grafting
Preparation for dental implants is one of the most common reasons that people get a bone grafting procedure. This is done to enhance the upper and lower jawbone and increase your bone quantity and density.
The loss of even a single tooth will have an impact of the bone structure of your jaw. Unfortunately, when this happens patients can lose enough of their jawbone to make them to be unable to receive dental implants. The fortunate part is that our oral surgeon can rectify this situation by performing a bone graft. Once a patient has healed from this procedure, they should have the necessary foundation to receive implants.
Healing from bone grafting surgery can take between four to six months, although it is possible for the healing process to sometimes take longer. After this period, you should now be ready to receive dental implants or prostheses. Our oral surgeon may recommend that you are given grafting material taken from your own body or from a donor. There is also the possibility of a synthetic graft being used. Usually, we can even perform bone grafting procedures to restore the health of your jawbone to support dental implants in our office.
Major Bone Grafting
Not all bone grafts can be performed from the comfort of our office. Some of the more intensive procedures, like for the correction of congenital defects, can be required to occur in a hospital.
If you are in need of a bone graft and want to learn more or want to schedule an appointment, call Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Fairfield County at 203-489-0980 today.