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
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.
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.
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
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.