Learn More About The Benefits Of Bone Grafting

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Dr. Perry A. Wasserlauf

Periodontist and Implant Dentist

71 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

32 Cherry Street, Milford, CT 06460

When a tooth is extracted, a bowl-shaped bony socket is left in the jaw. During the healing process, much of the bone around the socket can slowly dissolve away, or atrophy, because the tooth is no longer present. Bone loss will make it difficult for a patient to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant. One simple way to preserve bone in the jaw is to pack bone graft material into the extraction socket when the tooth is extracted. A membrane is then sutured over the graft to keep the graft in place. After 3 to 6 months of healing, solid bone forms that can support a dental implant.
A list of benefits associated with bone grafting/dental implants for dental restoration:

  • Dental implants and bone grafting procedures provide the most natural solution for missing teeth;
  • Bone grafting procedures and the placement of dental implants enjoy an impressive success rate of over 90%;
  • Progressive loss of bone and jawbone shrinkage is eliminated because dental implants imitate the natural roots of the teeth and maintain jawbone structuring;
  • No damages are caused to existing healthy teeth in order to utilize bone grafting and dental implant techniques;
  • Speech quality is enhanced when compared to that of patients with dentures;
  • Pain-ridden and irritated gums caused by dentures are no longer a concern;
  • Patients never again need to use messy denture adhesives;
  • The clasps used with partial dentures to hold them in place are eliminated. This reduces stress on the surrounding natural teeth;
  • There are no limitations to the foods that can be eaten as with dentures;
  • Dental implants do not move. They are permanently fixed in place unlike dentures