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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Bone grafting helps patients who have lost volume and density in their jaws receive dental implants. At Lawrence Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, your periodontists rebuild bone with excellent surgical skill and various grafting materials. Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa or Dr. Kevin Marawski can tell you the details on your bone graft procedure.

When bone is lost...

Typically, there are several facial changes, most notably skin sagging, wrinkles and lines and receded facial contours. As middle age approaches, so does naturally-occurring bone shrinkage.

However, a bigger problem is tooth loss. Extraction or avulsion of even one tooth causes rapid bone resorption around the empty socket--a full 25 percent in just one year. It also explains that periodontal disease leads to deterioration in the alveolar ridge of the jaw.

Fortunately, if your periodontist begins a dental implant procedure as soon as possible in his Lawrenceville, NJ, office, bone recession halts. The titanium implant helps rebuild bone and to reinforce its volume and strength indefinitely.

However, sometimes patients do not have enough bone in their jaws to support dental implants. In those situations, bone grafts may create a scaffold for the body's own bone cells to rebuild and strengthen the jaw.

Kinds of bone grafts

Through careful oral examination, detailing your medical history and doing X-ray imaging, your periodontist will determine if you need a bone graft and what kind it should be. These grafts installed through a simple, in-office surgery at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics:

Grafting materials work extremely well and are biocompatible. Given sufficient healing time, the graft strengthens, the material recedes and the natural bone increases in size and density. Your periodontist will determine when the graft site is ready to accept a dental implant.

Bone grafting is a wonderful innovation

Why? It's because it works. Bone grafts allow for strong, natural-looking and well-functioning smiles for people with damaged jaw bones and missing teeth. If you wish to know more, please contact Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics for an appointment with Dr. Lu, Dr. Figueroa or Dr. Murawski. Call (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Want to know more about bone grafting from your Lawrenceville, NJ, Periodontist.

Bone grafting is a procedure that helps patients grow bone to hold a dental implant. This treatment provides individuals otherwise incapable of getting implants, candidates for the procedure. Doctors can grow bone so it's the proper length and width, to ensure functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Bone is constantly remodeling itself. When someone loses a tooth, their jawbone shrinks. Your jawbone's adaptability is important because it allows your Lawrenceville Periodontist to position teeth properly in case braces are needed.

In the maxillofacial region, the facial region, your doctor bone grafts using the inside of the mouth, the chin, or third molar area, for example.

The procedure consists of your doctor making an incision in gum tissue to access bone. Patients suffer from some soreness that can be managed by ice therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and/or pain relievers.

Bone Grafting Uses

Bone grafts are used for the following procedures:

  • Saving Teeth: To prevent tooth loss, bone around loose teeth are regenerated through grafting to increase support.
     
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. Your dentist places a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The process takes about three to six months to complete, since the post needs to fuse to the rest of the bone.
     
  • Tooth Extractions: Depositing bone grafting material into a tooth socket after tooth extraction will help in case you need a dental implant in the future.

Types of Bone Grafts

  • Autograft
  • Allograft
  • Xenograft
  • Alloplast

If you have questions, or concerns about bone grafting, you should call your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa. You can reach Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics at (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Find out why bone grafting is often the key to a successful dental implant.bone grafting

You have decided that dental implants might be the best way to replace your missing teeth. This is great to hear! Dental implants are truly the closest you can come to natural teeth. Of course, our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, want to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to support your new implants.

Of course, this means performing a thorough evaluation and X-rays to make sure that you haven’t lost a significant amount of bone density. If the X-rays show a substantial amount of bone loss, don’t despair. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get dental implants. We may just recommend that you undergo bone grafting prior to getting your implants to ensure that the implant is successful.

What is bone grafting?

This surgical procedure is performed when there isn’t enough healthy bone to support an implant, which is often the case if you left tooth loss untreated for a while. During this surgery, our Lawrenceville periodontic specialist will take bone from another area of the body (or processed bone taken from an animal) and apply it to the jawbone. Over time, the bone graft will heal and become part of the jawbone, strengthening the jawbone so that it can support a dental implant.

Of course, it will take several months for the jawbone to heal and be ready for a dental implant. Depending on the severity of your bone loss, it can take anywhere from three to 12 months before we can begin your dental implant procedure. While this can certainly be a long process, the outcome and results you’ll receive when you get bone grafting and a dental implant far surpass other tooth loss options out there. Plus, a dental implant could just end up lasting you the rest of your life.

If you are interested in getting dental implants in Lawrenceville, NJ, then it’s time you turned to a dental team that can help you get your smile back on track. Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics today to schedule your free consultation.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
November 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Losing a tooth from disease or accident can be traumatic. The good news, though, is that it can be replaced with a life-like replica that restores your smile. One of the most popular and durable solutions is a dental implant, which replaces not only the root of the tooth but the crown as well.

But there's a possible wrinkle with implants — for accurate placement there must be a sufficient amount of bone around it. This could be a problem if you've been missing the tooth for sometime: without the stimulus provided by a tooth as you chew, older bone cells aren't replaced at an adequate rate. The bone volume gradually diminishes, as up to 25% of its normal width can be lost during the first year after tooth loss. A traumatic injury can damage underlying bone to an even greater extent.

There is a possible solution, but it will require the services of other specialists, particularly a periodontist trained in gum and bone structure. The first step is a complete examination of the mouth to gauge the true extent of any bone loss. While x-rays play a crucial role, a CT scan in particular provides a three-dimensional view of the jaw and more detail on any bone loss.

With a more accurate bone loss picture, we can then set about actually creating new bone through grafting procedures. One such technique is called a ridge augmentation: after opening the gum tissues, we place the bone graft within a barrier membrane to protect it. Over time the bone will grow replacing both the grafting material and membrane structure.

Once we have enough regenerated bone, we can then perform dental implant surgery. There are two options: a “one-stage” procedure in which a temporary crown is placed on the implant immediately after surgery; or a “two-stage” in which we place the gum tissue over the implant to protect it as it heals and bone grows and attaches to it. In cases of pre-surgical bone grafting, it's usually best to go with the two-stage procedure for maximum protection while the bone strengthens around it.

Necessary preparation of the bone for a future dental implant takes time. But the extra effort will pay off with a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on special situations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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