Bone Grafting Candidates: Who Benefits Most from This Procedure?
When many patients hear that they may need a bone graft, it can feel like a huge issue. However, bone grafting is a very routine procedure that can have enormous benefits for the right candidate. It is still essential to understand when bone grafting should be used. If you have been told that you may need a bone graft for any of your dental issues, contact Belviso Surgery today. Our talented staff can review your case and see if bone grafting is right for you. Also, it would help if you considered utilizing our facility and excellent medical team for any of your dental surgery needs.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is simply the process of introducing new bone material to help supplement or build up the existing bone in specific areas. There are a variety of reasons that bone grafting may help you, but understanding the process may help you recognize the benefits for your particular case.
Many different types of bone grafting can be used for patients. Bone grafting procedures can vary in where the donor material is obtained, to where the graft is placed, and what the purpose of the graft is.
The actual procedure is relatively straightforward. The donor material is placed in the area where your surgical team wants to increase the available bone mass. The graft may have to be secured in place, or sometimes the incision can be sutured to maintain the correct positioning. Your body completes the process by incorporating the graft as its natural bone. Your body creates new bone that attaches the bone graft to the existing bone.
Who Should Consider Grafting?
The bone surrounding your teeth can be especially vulnerable to decay or bone loss. When this bone deteriorates, it can have a compounding effect on your teeth. Without proper support, your permanent teeth can become loose or even fall out. In these situations, patients may consider a variety of different options for tooth replacement. While dentures or bridges have often been a popular choice, dentists are now recommending dental implants over other treatments.
Dental implants can help stop additional bone loss because the implant mimics the structure of natural tooth roots. Implants do require that there is enough bone present to anchor the structure of the surgical device securely. When there is a lack of bone density, grafting can allow patients to get the best treatment for their dental health.
Many patients may also consider bone grafting if there is an overall reduction in the density of bone in around your mouth. In these cases, bone grafting can help to increase the strength and rigidity of the jaw. This helps to reduce the chances of breaking bones or losing teeth due to bone loss.
Bone grafting has also been used to help strengthen the site of a previous bone break. The ability to grow new and robust bone and incorporate donor’s bone can be especially appealing to patients.
Types of Grafts
If you have been considering a bone graft, you may be curious about the donor material. There are four main types of donor material. The first type is from the patient’s body. This is often taken from the hip or another area where there may be excess bone material.
The second type of bone graft uses bone material that is taken from a human donor. This can be an excellent option for patients because it does not require an additional surgical site that needs to heal.
The third type is from a donor animal. This approach is used to ensure that material is readily available and has been used with great success.
Finally, there are laboratory created materials that mimic your natural bone. This approach takes advantage of readily available material, and patients often trust the sterility of the artificial bone.
If you are considering a bone graft, call Belviso Oral & Facial Surgery today. Our talented staff can work with you to identify the right approach for your case.