Bone Grafts: The basics

How are bone grafts used in dental procedures?

Tooth and bone loss in the face can lead to gaps causing sagging skin and a more aged appearance. That’s where bone grafting comes in! Bone that has been lost can be rebuilt which is great for aesthetic purposes, but also allows for stronger, more secure dental care for implants.

What is the bone grafting process?

Bone grafting is a minor medical procedure that takes place inside a medical office or surgery. To gain access to your bone, an incision will be made in the gums. Here, grafting material is inserted and your body will deposit new bone cells into this processed bone material.

What is bone graft made of?

It is most often from an animal (bovine), a human donor, or it can even be a synthetic substance. Grafting material can come in a lot of different forms, from gel, putty, granules, or powder.  The graft is usually covered by a collagen membrane that will act as the scaffolding on which your new body will grow new bone cells.

When is bone grafting used?

Bone grafting is used in delta procedures for three main purposes:

  • Tooth Extractions: graft is placed in the empty socket after a tooth is removed to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
  • Dental Implants: Grafts can help regenerate enough bone to provide a stable foundation for an implant.
  • Saving a tooth: Bone grafting can provide additional support, strengthening the bone around the teeth and helping keep them in place.

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