WHAT IS BONE GRAFTING?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly.
Bone grafting enables us to grow bone where needed and promote new bone growth where the jawbone may be sparse or of poor quality due to atrophy. The bone structure in the jaw weakens over time if missing teeth aren’t replaced in a timely manner. This often leads to poor quality and quantity of bone, making the jaw unsuitable for the placement of dental implants.
Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
MINOR BONE GRAFTING
Minor Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries and to imcrease the height of bone in the dntal arches. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw.
MAJOR BONE GRAFTING
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor/cyst surgery, or congenital defects.
WHERE DOES BONE GRAFT COME FROM?
There are a various bone grafting techniques that can be used to restore jaw function, and the type of bone used will depend on the specific needs of each patient
Bone grafts may be autologous (bone harvested from the patient’s own body, often from the (skull , hip, and lateral knee), allograft (cadaveric bone usually obtained from a bone bank), or synthetic (often made of hydroxyapatite or other naturally occurring and biocompatiblesubstances) with similar mechanical properties to bone.
If you want to know more about bone grafting procedures , contact our Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Call 04 3499977 for appointment.