Bone Grafting

WHAT IS BONE GRAFTING

Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or another restorative device.  Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. Many times, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling takes place. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. Cadaver bone, Bovine bone, and Synthetic bone fragments are also used for bone grafting procedures. They are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source of bone donation.

Advances in synthetic bone materials have almost eliminated the infection risks that were so much more common when working with live donor bone. The bone grafting dental process with the use of synthetic bone materials is much easier on the patient, requiring less surgical time and reducing post-operative pain to a minimum. Also, the addition of bioactive proteins to synthetic bone materials has improved bone grafting even further by speeding the process of wound healing and enhancing both bone and gum regeneration around tooth roots and implants.

A great smile requires more than just healthy teeth. It also requires healthy gums and a healthy jaw bone. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant.

Dr. Basil Saiedy may talk to you about undergoing a bone graft for dental implants if he believes that your jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the implant in place in its current state. If the bone cannot support the implant, it may cause the implant surgery to fail.

WHY DO I NEED BONE GRAFTING

It is no longer sufficient to ask whether an implant can be placed where a natural tooth once resided, but also how long can the implant last. Equally important is what will the tooth be supported by the implant look and feel like after one week, after one year, and after five years? The answer to these questions is paramount in the careful planning of dental implant treatment and can be summarized in four words:

Is There Enough Bone?  

The functional and cosmetic success of a dental implant, both short-term and long-term, is critically dependent upon the amount and quality of bone that will receive and support it. Because of this, bone grafting plays a crucial role in implant dentistry.

BENEFITS OF BONE GRAFTING

Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction. Rebuilding the jaw bone to its former height and width gives you more options on how you want to replace a missing tooth.  Even if just one tooth is lost, your appearance can drastically change as the surrounding teeth drift out of position and change the bite.  Not replacing a tooth could lead to occlusion (bite) problems, cavities, and periodontal disease.

Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important for several reasons. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require that the bone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. Also, the jaw and other facial bones support the skin and muscle that are responsible for our outward cosmetic appearance. Without the support of the underlying bone, our faces can look prematurely aged.

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