Missing or severely damaged teeth can be beautifully restored with dental implants, but excessive jaw bone loss may prevent the likelihood of successful implantation. Our experienced periodontist, Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis, as well as our restorative dentist, Dr. Nicholas Rallis, can rebuild the full integrity of your bone structure with state-of-the-art bone grafting techniques, allowing you to recover a beautiful and fully functional smile.
Dental bone grafting is a procedure designed to regenerate new bone growth and provide a stable foundation for dental implants and other restorative treatments. Many factors—including missing teeth—can cause progressive bone loss, and the amount of jaw bone recession often increases the longer absent spaces in the teeth remain unfilled. If you lack the necessary bone density to support a dental implant, bone grafting can be used to rebuild new bone at the implant site and restore the full integrity of your oral structures.
Inadequate bone density and a weak supportive structure can decrease the long-term success of a dental implant or other missing tooth replacement. In turn, patients with a significant loss in jaw bone volume may require a preliminary bone grafting procedure before receiving restorative treatment. Bone loss is commonly experienced as a result of:
If you need to replace one or more teeth, Dr. Chondrogiannis will perform an oral examination to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. If your adjacent teeth are in poor condition, or if you exhibit signs of periodontal disease, these concerns will be fully addressed before consideration of a bone grafting procedure.
Once the jaw bone is sufficiently rebuilt, restorative treatment to address missing teeth or damage to the enamel can begin.
To evaluate the condition of your oral structures, Dr. Chondrogiannis may recommend panoramic x-rays to assess the exact width and depth of existing jaw bone. In some cases, a CAT scan may be utilized to further examine your bone state. Depending on these results, Dr. Chondrogiannis may administer an anesthetic and initiate further exploration into the gum tissue to gauge how much bone growth is required.
During the procedure, new bone is regenerated by transplanting a piece of harvested bone to the area in need of structural support. At the time of surgery, Dr. Chondrogiannis will use a local anesthetic to numb the grafting sites. The harvested bone will be anchored into place using a small incision in the treated area. Depending on your unique case, a synthetic membrane may be used as coverage for the bone to prevent bacterial infections and facilitate the process. The new bone should fuse with existing bone over time, fostering cohesive integration and new cell growth. After the procedure, you will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions as well as any necessary medications to manage swelling and general discomfort. Bone grafting does not usually require an overnight stay.
It is not uncommon for the bone grafting process to be completed over the course of several months. While some patience will be required, the end result is usually a revived jaw bone structure that can effectively support a dental implant or dental bridge for restored function of the teeth and a renewed smile.
Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis has extensive experience in performing the bone grafting procedure to increase the height or width of your jaw bone, or to fill depressions and defects in the bone structure. In addition to holding membership to a multitude of local and national periodontic organizations, Dr. Chondrogiannis is a clinical instructor at NYU’s College of Dentistry Full Mouth Rehabilitation CDE program. With his extensive training in implantology and repairing the supportive structures of the teeth, Dr. Chondrogiannis is well-equipped to devise an optimal treatment plan to help you reclaim the health and appearance of your smile.
Questions? Please contact Center for Smiles to schedule a consultation, or to speak to a member of our team.