When it comes to dental implants, there can be a lot of confusion and apprehension. Fusion Dental Specialists understands this and works hard to ease any tension or stress that you may have about your upcoming procedure. In certain circumstances, you may need a bone graft to support your implants and keep your jaw healthy and strong. If you need a bone graft, we assure you that you are in the very best hands. For more information, set up a consultation today and we can help you to understand your options.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is the transplant of bone from one area to another to supplement and accelerate bone growth in the “recipient” area. This can be done in several ways and helps to accelerate healing and to strengthen thinning or otherwise diminished jaw-bone.
Options for Bone Grafting
There are three different options for bone grafting that we offer here. The first of these options is called the autogenous bone graft. This method involves removing bone from somewhere else in your body and transplanting it into your mouth. For small amounts, we can use bone from your chin, jaw, or pelvis, but in larger circumstances, we may use your hip or shin. This option utilizes your bone to increase production elsewhere.
Another option is called an allograft, and this method uses either man-made synthetic bone or the bones from a cadaver to supplement your bone loss. Finally, we provide the option of using a bovine bone, which means that there is plenty to go around and you do not have to worry about donating the bone yourself. This is called a xenograft.
Why do I need a bone graft?
Bone grafts are most commonly associated with receiving dental implants if your bones are too weak, thin, or you have suffered too much bone loss from having a missing tooth for a significant period. However, you may also get a bone graft to restore the cosmetic appearance of your face or to stop periodontal disease (which often if left untreated results in a rapid bone loss). Sinus lifts and ridge augmentations also call for bone grafts, but those are less common circumstances.
How does it work?
The process for bone grafting is relatively simple. First, you are administered an anesthetic, which can be local or general, depending on how much bone needs grafting. Then, once the bone you are receiving from whichever source you choose is ready for insertion, we make an incision in your gum line. We will then carefully separate your gums from the area and insert the bone piece. We may use a material to aid in the healing process, but then we will stitch up the area and wait for the healing process to complete.
Fusion Dental Specialists are experts and leaders in our field and provide you with a comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff to cater to all of your procedural needs. If you are in need of a bone graft, we assure you that you are in great and incredibly capable hands. Give us a call today!