Bone Grafts

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you suffer from damaged tooth bones, or teeth weakened by gum disease, consider seeking out bone grafts with Popper Dental, located on the Upper East Side of New York City. Bone graft procedures, such as sinus lifts and crown lengthening, help you regrow bone in your jaw bone in order to save a tooth or set up a hospitable environment for dental implants. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Popper Dental online or over the phone today.

Bone Grafts Q & A

Why are bone grafts necessary?

Bone grafts, taken from your bone or artificial bone material, help the body build new bones. In dentistry, patients often turn to bone grafting after gum disease has ravaged their teeth, and damaged or destroyed the bone that holds the teeth in place.

Bone grafts help regrow that bone. A bone graft can help you salvage the life of existing teeth, or provide you with a strong, healthy base for dental implants.

What is the bone grafting procedure like?

Before you start the procedure, your dental team may or may not sedate you, or anesthetize the work area. To place the bone graft, your Popper Dental provider starts by folding back part of your gums and reaching in to remove any infected gum tissue. 

They then remove any tartar and rough tooth surfacing that could worsen the gum disease. Finally, the team places the bone graft material.

If you have no tooth to work with at all, and you need a dental implant, your team typically places the bone graft first and waits for it to grow. This takes between three and six months. Once the new bone has developed sufficiently, they place the implant.

What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is a bone grafting surgery during which your dental surgeon or periodontist adds bone between your upper jaw and your maxillary sinuses, which are found on either side of the nose. People usually get sinus lifts for one of three main reasons:

  • Adding bone height to the upper jaw
  • Creating space between the sinuses and jaw
  • Adding bone to hold a dental implant

During a sinus lift, your Popper Dental provider lifts the sinus membrane to make room for the bone.

What is the recovery like after bone grafts?

Immediately after your bone graft procedure, you may notice some local swelling and pain. It’s best if you have someone with you to drive you home, as you may be drowsy after anesthesia or sedation.

The initial recovery and healing process takes about two weeks, but bone growth takes much longer. Typically, it takes three to six months for the bone graft to grow new bone.

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a procedure during which your dental surgeon exposes your tooth by removing bone, gum tissue, or both.

They often perform this procedure when you need a crown or filling, but not enough of your tooth sticks out to support either of these. Crown lengthening is also a great option if you’re embarrassed by a “gummy smile” or uneven gum line.

If gum disease, a gummy smile, or weak teeth bones are holding you back, reach out to Popper Dental to see if bone grafts might be right for you. To schedule your consultation, call Popper Dental directly or use the online booking tool.