Do I Need a Bone Graft?

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Pak Dentistry is proud to be a full-service preventive and cosmetic dentistry provider in Copiague. One of the services we offer is bone grafting, which is sometimes necessary for patients without adequate jawbone structure. Whether or not you need a bone graft is something that Dr. Pak will determine after an extensive dental examination and consultation. 

Reasons for Bone Grafting

There are a number of reasons why a patient might need a bone graft, which involves taking bone from one part of the body and placing it in another. Reasons for bone grafting include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Facial trauma
  • Gum disease 
  • To secure dental implants
  • To maintain structure following tooth extraction

Not everyone who has facial trauma needs a bone graft; not everyone who has gum disease requires one, either. Some dental implant patients do need bone grafts to help build up the jaw bone and secure the implants; others don’t. The decision to perform a bone graft is made on a case-by-case basis. 

How is Bone Grafting Performed? 

When a new piece of bone is introduced to an area during the grafting process, bone cells will use the graft material to create new bone. The result is stronger, more stable bone structure that can support your facial structure and reduce the look of aging. Bone grafting can also build up the jaw so that dental implants anchor securely in place. 

There are two different ways grafts are done. The first is using autograft bone, which is bone from the patient’s own body. Because the graft material contains the patient’s cells, there is no risk of disease or rejection. However, two surgeries are required for this type of grafting. Another option is allograft bone grafting, which uses processed donor cells. This type of grafting is clinically proven to be safe and effective. 

Schedule Your Consultation 

If you have questions about bone grafting, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pak and his friendly staff by giving us a call at our Copiague dental practice! Our Copiague dental office handles restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants, bone grafts, and implant restorations. 

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