Utilizing new technology and advanced methods, our oral surgeons can replace atrophied and lost bone through bone graphs. With applications in craniofacial and oral procedures, bone grafts help regenerate and replace lost tissue. In the past, our patients with tooth loss and bone atrophy had limited options with replacing teeth with dental implants. Today, however, a bone graft can improve the success rate of dental implants by providing patients with enough new bone tissue to support implants. Additionally, conditions including advanced gum disease and or traumatic injuries that affect bone mass can be improved with bone grafting procedures as well.
Bone grafting can replace disintegrated and damaged bone virtually anywhere in the face and oral cavity including the sinus passageways, the ridge of the jawbone, and sockets. Various types of graft methods exist as well including autogenious grafting, ridge split grafts, and maxillary sinus lifts.
The Basics on Bone Grafting
Bone grafts used in oral surgery have similar characteristics when compared to other types of medical grafting procedures such as skin grafts. When bone has atrophied from tooth loss or gum disease, for example, our team will remove bone from another region of the body or insert synthetic bone and place it where needed in the face or jaw. This allows patients enough bone to support dental implants and also helps generate new bone tissue.
Types of Bone Grafts
Autogenous grafts – This is a common bone graft method where bone is taken from another part of the body such as the knee or hip to replace missing or injured bone mass.
Allografts – Derived from synthetic bone tissue or from cadavers, these grafts are placed the same way as autgenous grafts. The difference between the two methods is the source of tissue.
Bovine grafts – This method utilizes bone from cows.
Patient Comfort During Bone Grafts
Our surgeons strive to make our patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during all procedures. When a bone graft is conducted, our team will effectively numb the grafting site with local anesthetics and this procedure does not require hospitalization. We will provide thorough post operative instructions so that our patients can heal as quickly as possible.
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