Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are not healing or to build new bone that has been lost. The bone used for bone grafting can come from your own body, a donor, or an artificial substitute.

What is a bone graft, and who needs one?

A dental bone graft is a surgical treatment where a piece of bone is transplanted from one area of the body to another. It is commonly used in oral surgery to rebuild the bone structure and improve the support for teeth. When you have a tooth extraction, whether due to gum disease or trauma, the bone that previously supported it begins to shrink. This can lead to instability in adjacent natural teeth and an increased risk for tooth loss.

There are various types of bone grafts, and the best option for each patient will depend on the specifics of their case. Ultimately, a dental bone graft can help build a healthy bone structure and prevent further tooth loss.

The success of your dental bone graft surgery depends on many factors. These include the type of bone used, the quality of the bone, and how well it is matched to the patient’s bone. The health of the patient and the blood supply to the area are also important factors along with surgical expertise.

Types of Dental Bone Grafts

Several different types of bone grafts can be used in dental procedures. The type of graft used will depend on the procedure being performed, as well as the condition of the patient’s mouth.

Autograft

One of the most common types of bone grafts is autograft. This is when the bone is taken from another area of the patient’s body and transplanted to the area where it is needed.

Allograft

Another common type of bone graft is an allograft. This is when the bone is taken from a donor and transplanted to the patient. Allografts is from a human donor.

Synthetic Bone Graft

These grafts are made from artificial materials like hydroxy apatitie. Synthetic bone grafts are usually only used in very small procedures.

Xenografts

These are bone grafts taken from another species. Most commonly bovine ( cow) bone is used as a xenograft.

Benefits of a Bone Graft

There are many benefits of bone grafting, including:

  • It can provide structural support for bones and teeth
  • Encourage new bone growth and prevent further bone loss
  • Improve the overall strength of the bone tissue
  • It can help to promote healing and prevent infection
  • It can provide patients with significant relief from their symptoms

Bone Graft FAQs

The answer to this question will depend on the specific case. In general, it is recommended that patients wait at least three to six months after a bone graft before having dental implant surgery. This waiting period allows for the graft to heal correctly and gives the new bone time to grow to support the dental implants.
As with any surgical procedure, bone grafting has some risks. However, these risks are typically very low. The most common complications include infection, bleeding, and pain. In rare cases, the graft may not heal properly or may be rejected by the body.
The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete. This also depends upon the complexity of surgery. However, the healing process can take several months. During the surgery, the bone graft material is placed into the jawbone. Over time, the graft will fuse with the existing bone and reverse the bone loss. Once the bone graft has healed, it will provide a strong foundation for dental implants.

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Bone grafting is a delicate surgery that requires meticulous planning and execution. Therefore, it is essential to choose a qualified surgeon who has experience performing this type of surgery. Our patients can expect to experience good results with proper care and treatment.

Give our office a call today to learn more about this procedure and if it is right for you.

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