Bone Grafting Promotes Healing and Regeneration in Jaw, Making Dental Implants Possible
POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 AT 4:25 PM by Dr. Mark Stein
In recent years, dental implants have become an increasingly popular alternative to dentures and bridges for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable replacement teeth, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, making permanent tooth replacement possible. In some cases, the jaw bone atrophies and diminishes, making it too weak to support dental implants securely. Now, patients with deficient jaw bones have the option of replacing missing bone, increasing bone volume, and filling in voids in their natural bone structure using bone grafts from other parts of the body.
At New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, Dr. Mark Stein can use bone grafting on patients whose jaws are not strong enough to support dental implants. During the bone grafting procedure, Dr. Stein harvests bone grafts from other parts of your body (autografts) and places them into your jaw bone. For some patients, Dr. Stein uses synthetic materials or allografts from cadavers instead of the patient’s natural bone for the grafts. Over time, these grafts – whether they are autografts, allografts, or synthetic materials – promote healing and the formation of new bone cells in the jaw. As they heal, they slowly convert into new, living bone capable of supporting dental implants.
Dr. Stein offers the latest advances in bone grafting techniques to ensure the best possible bone grafting results for his patients. He is among the first oral surgeons in the country to use Infuse®, a manufactured bone grafting material, as an alternative to autografts or allografts. Infuse® uses special proteins to promote bone growth and to stimulate bone formation in the jaw. It eliminates the need for bone grafts to be taken from other parts of the body, shortening the healing process for patients. Dr. Stein can also use growth factors from patient’s blood to promote healing after bone grafts are placed.
If you need dental implants but lack the bone mass in your jaw to support them, you may be a good candidate for bone grafting. Dr. Stein would be happy to discuss your treatment options with you. Please call 212-888-4760 or visit our website to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants and bone grafting in our New York office.
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