Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Keith Chertok, DDS, now treats patients who have lost bone due to missing teeth by performing bone graft surgery. This surgery is often necessary prior to installing dental implants. Bone density can be reduced when several teeth or even one tooth has been lost due to decay, accident or even trauma. A dental implant requires a certain amount of bone material in order to successfully integrate into the jaw. When there is not enough bone, augmentation may be indicated.
Bone grafts may come from the patient, from a human bone bank or from a non-human bone bank. There are advantages to all of these types of grafting materials, and the decision as to what type is made on an individual basis. The Allograft, from human bone, and the Xenograft, from animal bone, are often used because there is plenty of bone available for the necessary graft. In addition, using these grafts means that the patient does not require two surgical sites. The Autogenous graft, which comes directly from the patient, is often used to accelerate the healing of the graft by the body.
An incision is made in the affected area to determine the amount of lost bone that will need replacement. The graft is then placed in a deficient area and covered with a membrane or surgically attached through the use of small titanium screws; sutures are then used to close the incision. Patients are often provided with pain medication and antibiotics after the surgery, and the diet is temporarily restricted. An incision is made in the affected area to determine the amount of lost bone that will need replacement. The graft is then surgically attached through the use of small titanium screws, and sutures are used to close the incision. Patients are often provided with pain medication and antibiotics after the surgery, and the diet is temporarily restricted.
When the graft has completely healed, the dentist can perform the surgery for the dental implants. The healing process will often take up to nine months, although in some cases it may take as little as six months. By augmenting lost bone with a bone graft, the dentist can make it possible for a patient to receive dental implants.
To learn more about bone grafting and the benefits of dental implants, visit http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com.
Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering patients personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study at Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school, and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending Periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Keith Chertok and his dental services visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com.
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