Some patients seeking dental implant treatment may be told they do not have enough bone in their jaw to place an implant. As we lose our teeth due to disease or trauma, the bone in the areas of missing teeth will wear away without something in its place to stimulate the bone. In these cases, a skilled doctor can place a bone graft to prepare the site for a dental implant. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist in Tinton Falls, NJ offering bone grafting treatment to his patients.
Bone augmentation can also be utilized to restore lost facial structure due to lack of bone. If it is discovered upon a thorough oral evaluation that you do not have the required bone density or volume to receive a dental implant, Dr. Zatzkin may recommend a bone graft. Before the procedure, Dr. Zatzkin will ensure that the grafting site is properly numb to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. With bone augmentation or grafting, small fragments of your own bone, synthetic bone, or fragments from a bone bank are placed in the area of lost bone. These new pieces will stabilize your jaw bone and be a perfect platform to eventually place your dental implant. You may be given antibiotics and asked to follow a soft food diet to encourage healing. Dr. Zatzkin will allow several months for healing before placing your dental implant.
Whether you would like to restore a sunken smile or you need more bone for a dental implant, bone augmentation and grafting is a safe and effective method to stabilize and preserve your jaw bone. Do not let low bone density deter you from doing what is best for your overall health. Seek treatment for a dental bone graft in Tinton Falls, NJ and call Dr. Zatzkin’s office to schedule your consultation today.