Surgery - Bones Grafting

Bone Grafting is the procedure of building up the bone in a certain area. It is usually done in dentistry when a dental implant is placed and is necessary to build up the bone. The success of a dental implant is its ability to support a dental restoration. Success is very much dependent upon how much bone is available in the site where the implant is placed.

In order to do bone grafting, we will need a source of bone to place at the implant site.

We use "bone in a bottle" to do bone grafting for dental implants. This is a very common source of bone, specifically from cadavers or other sources. It is highly effective and a very safe way to get the patients own bone to grow into the repair site.
This bone is harvested under very strict supervision at several bone banks around the country and it is used in many dental and medical procedures. There has never been a case of a transmitted disease with this type of bone. It is very safe and very useful in our work to help patients.
Often enough, when bone grafting is done, a “barrier membrane” is placed over the bone.
Very often bone grafting is done in combination with what dentistry refers to as a "Barrier Membrane Technique". Membranes made out of special materials are placed over bone graft sites to keep out the types of soft tissue cells we do not want and promote the growth and migration of cells which will turn into normal, healthy bone. These membranes are very successful and are used quite often to promote sound bone formation. The membranes are usually removed at a later date, but sometimes they can be resorbed by the body and naturally disappear all on their own.

Why is a bone graft needed?
To reverse the bone loss destruction caused by periodontal disease.
Ill fitting removable dentures.
Augment bone to permit implant placement.
Augmenting bone in the sinus area for implant placement.
Augmenting bone to enhance the fit and comfort of removable prostheses.
To enhance esthetics of a missing tooth site in the smile zone.


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