Bone Grafting

Bone grafts are used to add volume and structural support to existing jawbone tissue. When a bone graft material (allograft, autograft, etc.) is added to a patient’s existing bone structure, it stimulates the formation of new bone material.

Grafts are often used in cases where patients are suffering from maxillofacial deformities that reduce chewing ability (such as receding upper jaws) or in preparation for a dental implant procedure.

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Dental bone grafts are surgical procedures that help facilitate new bone growth in patients with bone loss in the maxilla or mandible. Dental bone grafts are often performed to help support dental implants as well as in sinus (sinus lift) and ridge augmentation procedures.

There are several types of dental bone graft materials, these include:

Autografts. Autografts use bone material that is extracted from the patient’s own jawbone or tibia.

Allografts. Allografts use bone material obtained from a bone bank.

Xenografts. Xenographs are usually derived from porcine or bovine sources.

The top goals of a bone graft procedure are to eliminate gaps, reduce infection risks, and correct the contours of bone material. There are a number of indications where a dental bone graft is an appropriate treatment option. These include:

  • Sinus floor elevation
  • Socket preservation
  • Periodontal defects
  • Ridge augmentation

Patients seeking dental implant procedures (or other form of rehabilitation) may require bone grafts to strengthen and add volume to jawbone. Maintaining the bone structure of the face is not only important to your appearance, but also helps support future restorations such as dental implants.

While the surgical site of the bone graft will heal within a matter of weeks, it may take anywhere from two to three months before the bone graft generates bone material stable enough to support a dental implant or other tooth replacement procedure.

Dental bone grafts are relatively simple procedures. The attending doctor will make a small incision in the gums. Depending on the treatment plan, the doctor will then place either bone particulates or demineralized bone matrix (DBM). A barrier membrane may then be added to protect the graft during the healing process.

Bone graft procedures are performed at the time of your tooth extraction and isn’t a decision you have to make until the day of your procedure. Schedule HERE when you’re ready and of you aren’t sure, call BiemCare at 360-835-6001 to schedule a consultation or speak with a member of our front office.

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