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Patients often require bone grafting to support their treatment with dental implants. Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group uses this approach to strengthen sites for tooth replacement, to return an aesthetically appealing smile, and to restore natural tooth function.

While bone grafting is an important aspect of dental implant procedures, most patients find the experience very manageable. In part, this is due to the advanced skills and extensive training our oral surgeons offer. Our practice has also created a welcoming and warm environment for Somerset County and Hunterdon County patients to receive treatment, making every visit with our staff more comfortable and personal.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is the process of taking bone from a donor site or bone bank and using it to replace bone that has been lost from the jaw. After a period of time, the transplanted bone will integrate with the jawbone, forming a stronger foundation for a dental implant.

Some Somerset County and Hunterdon County patients who require tooth replacement do not have enough bone in the restoration site to sustain a dental implant. Bone grafting and sinus lift surgery can resolve this problem, give new teeth the ability to chew and bite with normal force, and help restore a healthy smile.

As specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, our doctors can evaluate your needs to determine if you will benefit from bone grafting. You may be a good candidate for the treatment if:

You are replacing a tooth with one or more dental implants, and extracting the tooth will weaken the site of implant placement. Bone grafting can shore up this weak point. Some patients will have the extraction and bone grafting procedure first. Then, after the site has healed and strengthened over 4-6 months, their oral surgeon will place the dental implant.

You have a tooth that has been missing for several years. Over time, the bone in the area of this missing tooth may have been resorbed, and you may need bone grafting to build up the site.

You require a dental implant near the sinus area. A dental implant must have a bone surface to which it can anchor, but the sinus is an empty cavity just above the upper jaw. A bone grafting technique called a sinus lift creates an anchoring surface for implants placed in the upper jaw.

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Our Approach to Bone Grafting

Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group doctors are always accessible and available to patients to provide quality care. We strive to give you personalized treatment following best practices and will spend the time needed to understand you and your needs. Your confidence in our work will make your implant and bone grafting procedure a more relaxed experience.

Our oral surgeons in Somerville, Hillsborough, and Lebanon have performed bone grafting throughout their careers and daily in-office. We continually expand our techniques and participate in professional development to increase the strength and aesthetics of tooth restorations. Our surgeons also use the latest medical advancements, such as platelet-rich fibrin, to promote faster healing and a more comfortable recovery.

Bone Grafting With Our Practice

Since bone grafting is a support treatment, your experience with it should mirror the experience of receiving a dental implant. Your first step will be an initial consultation at one of our offices in Somerset County or Hunterdon County. During your visit, we will:

  • Review your X-ray, or take a new panoramic X-ray or CT scan if you don’t already have one. This step will give your doctor better insight into your needs.
  • Discuss your overall medical history.
  • Talk about your anesthesia options. Most patients receive a combination of a local anesthetic and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to be comfortable and relaxed during their dental implant procedure.
  • Provide information and answers to any financial or insurance-related questions.

Based on your consultation, your doctors will determine the ideal approach for placing your dental implants, which may include bone grafting. You will then schedule your procedure with one of our offices in Somerset County or Hunterdon County.

On the day of your procedure, Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group staff will review what to expect and answer any questions you may have. During the surgery, your doctor will:

  • Perform related procedures, including extracting damaged teeth or preparing the sinus for a graft.
  • Position the bone grafts where they are needed.
  • Use platelet-rich fibrin to help reduce healing time.
  • Place the dental implants. (This step will be part of a separate procedure for some patients.)
  • Seal the surgical area and place sutures.

What to Expect After Bone Grafting

Following your surgery in one of our offices in Somerville, Hillsborough, or Lebanon, our staff will take you to a private recovery room. We will continue to monitor you and help you with any concerns you may have. We will also discuss the steps you should take in the following days so you can have a safe and effective recuperation.

  • Apply the gauze pads that we provide to reduce bleeding at the surgical sites.
  • Take pain medication as needed to maintain your comfort.
  • Use an ice pack on the affected areas to limit swelling after surgery.

Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group will remain available to you as you heal. We encourage you to contact our doctors if you have any questions along the way.

The next step in your treatment will depend on your individual needs. Some patients will wait 4-6 months for bone grafts to integrate fully into their jaw, after which time they can have dental implants placed. Other patients may be able to have dental implants placed at the same time as they receive grafts. In either case, treatment with our practice should help you regain the strength, aesthetics, and comfort that your original teeth provided.

If you want to restore your smile with dental implants, bone grafting may be part of your treatment plan. Contact our practice in Somerset County and Hunterdon County to learn more about bone grafting or schedule a consultation.