Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as a form of tooth replacement for those who have lost a tooth due to trauma, decay, or other causes. However, in some cases, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants due to bone loss in the jaw.
In these cases, bone grafting is often necessary in order to restore the jaw bone and provide a secure foundation for implant placement.
Bone grafting is a commonly used surgical procedure in dentistry to increase the amount of bone in a specific area of the jaw prior to dental implant placement. This is done to ensure that the implant is firmly held in place and to prevent any potential damage to adjacent teeth.
Bone grafting is a fairly standard procedure, but there are different types of grafts that can be used depending on the implant site and bone density.
Types of Bone Grafts
1. Autogenous Bone Graft: This bone graft is harvested from your body. It is usually taken from a less visible area, such as the chin or jaw. It does not carry any risk of rejection or disease transmission.
2. Allogenic Bone Graft: This type of bone graft is harvested from a donor, usually a tissue bank or cadaver. It is readily available and may be more cost-effective than autogenous bone grafts.
3. Xenogenic Bone Graft: This type of bone graft is harvested from animal donors, such as cows. It is readily available and may be more cost-effective than autogenous or allogenic bone grafts.
4. Alloplastic Bone Graft: This type of bone graft is made of synthetic materials, such as hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphate. It is quick and easy to place and does not require harvesting from another source.
If you have any more questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants. Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to assist you and your family to a bright smile.