Reconstructive Surgery & Bone Grafting
In some circumstances, the result of the surgical repair in an emergent situation can result in a less than ideal result, both functionally and cosmetically. This can include the soft tissues of the face and also the facial bones. In those cases, a malocclusion or irregular scar can be a source of concern to the patient. Dr. Wittenberg is able to evaluate the residual deformity and perform reconstructive surgery to achieve an improved result for the patient. It is important to recognize that he has extensive experience in facial surgery and comprehends the nature of the surgical and restorative requirements.
Bone Grafting is the procedure of transferring bone from one area to ‘build up’ the bone in another area. For example grafting can be required to improve an area to place dental implants, as well as in association with specific jaw surgeries to improve the bite. It is commonly used in cases of reconstruction of the jaw and facial bones. The use of bone grafting gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.
Bone grafting for dental implants can be both preventative and restorative. Once a tooth is removed, the ‘socket’ will ‘shrink’ to some degree. This reduction in bone volume can significantly compromise the ability to place a dental implant and it can alter the cosmetic appearance of the replacement tooth/crown. Therefore, it is possible to consider placing ‘bone grafts’ into the socket to ‘preserve’ the contours of the area; and achieve a more excellent and natually appearing crown replacment. Various types of bone grafts can be used for this purpose and Dr. Wittenberg can discuss them with you.
Bone grafts are also perfomed to ‘re-establish’ the contours of the dental ridge; if the bone has collapsed and prevents the proper placement of dental implants. Bone grafts are secured ‘locally’ in the mouth and will heal in approximately 6 months to an improved contour, ready for the placement of implants.