A bone graft procedure attempts to correct a deficiency or defect in a patient’s bone. This correction can be performed by using bone originating from the patient himself, or by using specific materials, called “bone substitutes”.
Why are bone graft procedures needed ?
Untreated gum (periodontal) diseases, extraction of a tooth, trauma, and various inflammations that cause bone deterioration. As a result, bone loss can also appear around existing teeth. In such an event, we will need to conduct a bone graft procedure around them in order to improve their integration. In addition, bone graft dental procedures are also needed in areas without teeth, in order to insert implants and crowns thereafter. With the correct augmentation, it is possible to ensure both the desired bone quality and quantity, perform a successful implant procedure, and reach improved esthetic results.
What are bone substitutes ?
You can think of a dental implant as a screw that has to be screwed into a wall. Like the screw, if the implant does not have a place to be anchored into, then it will not have sufficient bone support, and it won’t be able to be well integrated. It is exactly for this purpose that a bone substitute is needed; to stimulate bone growth by filling in areas where bone is missing or deficient. The purpose of the bone substitute is to act as a supporting platform or as a scaffolding, which will allow bone to be built in an area where there is bone deficiency, within a period of several months. The outcome will depend on the specific bone substitute used, and will result in either the bone substitute remaining at the graft site for some time, or by the absorption and disappearance of the bone substitute while simultaneously being replaced by the patient’s own bone. This process of absorption, disappearance, and replacement is called bone regeneration.
Some advantages and benefits of bone grafting
*Preserves or restores the natural bone volume where teeth have been removed, so that the most natural appearing tooth replacement (e.g. dental implant, fixed bridge) can be done.
*Can increase the bone density at the graft site, which may increase the early stability of an implant. Increased bone density may also decrease the rate of bone loss if a significant amount of time must elapse before the missing tooth site is restored with an implant or bridge.
*Allows the placement of dental implants into sites that would not be possible if bone grafting was not accomplished.
Which Bone Substitutes We Use
We treat our patients with allografts, xenografts, synthetic tricalcium phosphate and collagen membranes manufactured by FDA and CE authorized organizations you may check below details for bone substitutes we are using on our treatments.