Bone Grafting: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, and How It’s Done
Bone grafting is a common dental procedure that is done to replace missing bone in the jaw. It is often necessary for patients who have experienced bone loss due to tooth loss, gum disease, or other dental issues. In this blog, we will discuss what bone grafting is, why it’s necessary, and how it’s done.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone tissue from another area of the body or a donor source to the jawbone. The grafted bone then fuses with the existing bone, providing support for dental implants, restoring facial structure, and preventing further bone loss.
Why is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Bone loss in the jaw can occur for various reasons, including tooth loss, gum disease, and trauma. When bone loss occurs, it can affect the stability of the remaining teeth, change the appearance of the face, and make it difficult or impossible to place dental implants. Bone grafting is necessary to replace the missing bone and restore the structural integrity of the jawbone.
How is Bone Grafting Done?
There are several types of bone grafting procedures, including:
- Autografts: Bone tissue is taken from another area of the patient’s body, such as the hip or chin, and transplanted to the jawbone.
- Allografts: Bone tissue is taken from a donor source, such as a cadaver or a bone bank, and transplanted to the jawbone.
- Xenografts: Bone tissue is taken from an animal source, such as a cow or pig, and processed to make it compatible with human bone before being transplanted to the jawbone.
- Synthetic grafts: Bone tissue substitutes made from synthetic materials, such as calcium phosphate, are used to replace the missing bone.
During the procedure, the graft material is placed into the area of the jawbone that requires support. Over time, the grafted bone will fuse with the existing bone, providing support and stability for dental implants or restoring facial structure.
In conclusion, bone grafting is a necessary procedure for patients who have experienced bone loss in the jaw. By replacing the missing bone, bone grafting can restore the structural integrity of the jawbone and prevent further dental problems. If you are considering bone grafting or have experienced bone loss, talk to Dr. Pollock and his team about the best treatment options for your needs.