The term “bone grafting” can sound a little scary. You may avoid going to your dentist altogether because of this fear. However, at the dental office of Marc B. Hertz, DDS, PC, you will receive the best dental care using the most advanced techniques, equipment, and materials. Dr. Hertz is a highly experienced oral surgeon who specializes in Brooklyn NY bone grafting, and will be sure to make your entire experience is as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. And that all begins by educating on his patients.
In the instance of a missing tooth or many missing teeth, a few things can happen. First of all, it’s important to understand that your jaw bone is what holds your teeth in place. The roots of your teeth are surrounded by bone and attached by some other anatomical structures that we don’t really want to worry about today. Once a tooth is removed, the bone doesn’t have anything to support anymore. Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants. Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance. Brooklyn NY bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites.
Although bone grafting is a surgical procedure which can sometimes be rather extensive, it plays a very important role in making new teeth possible. If you would like to learn more about our dental office or our oral surgeons, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding Brooklyn NY bone grafting, or any of our other procedures, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly.