If you have been discussing the possibility of dental implants with your patients lately, and they have experienced some kind of tooth loss throughout their life, it is possible the term “bone graft” came up in the conversation. It is common to have bone loss, whether it be the result of age, gum disease, or even an accident. This kind of dental procedure is recommended to restore bone loss because of previous problems, to lay a kind of “foundation,” if you will, to set the mouth up for an amazing future, a healthier mouth and a healthier patient!
What should you know about the grafting of the jaw bone?
As part of the body’s natural way of repairing itself by means of homeostasis, specific cells within your blood constantly enter the tissues in order to remove all cells that are damaged and restore them with new, healthier, and stronger cells. This is the same case with our teeth! In order to set the right framework for dental implants, it is recommended by dental surgeons to set bone grafts. The size of said bone grafts can range anywhere from a single tooth to an entire jaw bone depending on the severity of bone loss. The jaw bone replaced will allow for safe and adequate dental implants.
Materials Used for Bone Grafting
Autograft Bone – This type of bone is harvested from different points of the body and is easily transferable to complete this surgery. Since it is the patients’ own bone material, the risk of disease or infection is zero. The only drawback to this method is that a second surgery may have to be done to collect the appropriate amount of viable bone.
Allograft Bone – This type of material is collected by means of organ donors. This may be an appealing choice for patients because of its availability and lack of need for patients to undergo surgery to collect their own bone matter.