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What is a Bone Grafting Procedure?

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Date: March 7, 2023

Author: Dr. Adam Fagin

What is a Bone Grafting Procedure?

A dental bone grafting procedure is a specialized surgical procedure that involves the placement of prepared bone grafting material into the jaw, to augment or repair lost bone structure. The bone grafting material can be sourced from the patient (an autograft), a human donor (an allograft), an animal (xenograft), or synthetic sources.

The procedure is most commonly performed to increase the amount of bone available in order to facilitate the formation of a foundation for a dental implant. A bone grafting procedure can also be performed in an attempt to repair lost bone around an existing tooth or implant although this tends to be much difficult.

Peninsula Oral & Facial Surgery performs the most reliable bone grafting procedures for residents of San Mateo and the surrounding areas.

What is a Bone Graph (Dental Bone Graft)

If you’re wondering what is a bone graph, it’s simply a misspelling of the procedure known as a bone graft. For consistency, we will avoid this misnomer throughout the article.

When it comes to materials used for bone graft dental procedures, you will have options. If you object to the use of a donated graft (animal or human), then grafting materials can be sourced from your own healthy bone, or synthetic alternatives can be used.

Human and animal tissues used for bone grafting materials are sourced ethically and are processed to remove organic materials and contaminants. This way your body does not recognize them as foreign. Once the bone graft material is placed, regardless of its source, your body will use it as a scaffold and signal system to slowly break it down and replace it with its own native bone. In this way once the bone graft is fully healed, only your own healthy bone remains.

Bone Grafting for Teeth Implants

Bone grafting for teeth is a common procedure designed to enhance the outcome of dental implant placement. During bone grafting for teeth, your surgeon will use prepared grafting materials to augment the bone in the jaw. Without this treatment, dental implants may fail.

You might need bone grafting for teeth implants if you’ve suffered tooth loss and the bone in your jaw has deteriorated. This is common in patients who have long-standing tooth loss and have previously worn dentures that sit on top of the gums. Bone grafting for teeth implants may also be necessary when a dental implant is considered several years after a tooth has been extracted.

Dental implants work by integrating with the jawbone. Like natural tooth roots, the bone builds around and is stimulated by the implant. Without sufficient bone, the implant can become loose and eventually fail.

Bone grafting for teeth implants is performed several months before dental implant placement, depending on the unique case and the current condition of the jaw.

Types of Oral Bone Grafting

There are various types of oral bone grafting procedures performed depending on the defect being treated and the desired outcome. Dr. Fagin is uniquely skilled to offer a range of oral bone grafting procedures for patients.

Some of the most common types of oral bone grafting include…

  • Maxillary Sinus Lift: Dental implants placed at the back of the upper jaw can be difficult because there’s much less available bone. A maxillary sinus lift is a type of oral bone graft augmentation that develops new bone to support the placement of a dental implant.
  • Guided Bone Regeneration: This may be recommended if you have lost bone in the jaw and are preparing for treatment with dental implants. While this is the most challenging type of oral bone graft procedure, your surgeons at Peninsula Oral and Facial surgery are capable of producing predictable results to build back bone and facilitate the placement of dental implants. Your surgeon will carefully design the surgery so that bone develops consistently with the expected outcome.
  • Socket Preservation: When a tooth is extracted, it leaves a void in the jaw which can deteriorate with time. Socket preservation adds collagen and bone grafting materials to the socket so that the jaw is preserved. This is an excellent procedure to be performed if you are looking to replace the lost tooth with a dental implant.

Most people are candidates for oral bone grafting. If you’re relatively healthy and don’t have any preexisting conditions that interfere with healing, then chances are you can have bone grafting performed. Because the availability of healthy bone is a prerequisite for implant treatment, oral bone grafting procedures are among the most common types of bone grafting performed in the United States.

The team at Peninsula Oral & Facial Surgery will ensure that your condition is expertly diagnosed so that the treatment suits the defect and your long-term goals. Oral bone grafting procedures are performed in compliance with all regulations and established guidelines to ensure safety.

The Best Surgeon for a Bone Graft Dental Procedure

Dr. Fagin is an experienced dental surgeon prepared to perform the most successful bone graft dental procedures. Dr. Fagin routinely performs bone graft dental procedures for patients who will be treated with dental implants.

Bone graft dental procedures may also be necessary when performing surgery for facial trauma. Peninsula Oral & Facial Surgery can provide the most compassionate care, focused on your unique needs, and supporting the desired surgical outcomes. We prioritize long-term success with excellent oral health and a naturally flawless aesthetic.

Choose the best surgeon for a bone graft dental procedure. Book your consultation for a bone grafting procedure today to learn more and explore your treatment options in San Mateo.

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