If Dr. Szymanowski recommends dental implants
to replace your missing teeth, you may also need to
undergo bone grafting to ensure a successful and long-lasting outcome. This
surgical procedure is common for patients who may not have enough bone tissue
to support implants. Here is more information about bone grafting to educate
you and take away some of the mystery.
The jaw and teeth work together to maintain bone density,
and when a tooth is lost because of an infection or injury, that relationship
can be affected. Without the tooth stimulating the jaw bone and supporting the
other teeth, the bone mass around the space left by the tooth can become weak
and brittle. Some patients may also have
experienced trauma that affected the contours of the mouth structure, and bone grafting
can help reestablish the shape and function of the oral cavity.
Force and Pressure
The bone under the teeth provides the foundation to
withstand the amount of power and stress generated by chewing. Without that support,
an implant may not be possible. If bone grafting is necessary, it is performed
prior to implants to allow time to heal and for the bone to form a strong
Bone grafting is performed by using bone from one source and
joining it with the weaker area to increase the mass and promote better
function. A bone graft is usually done in one of three ways:
- Autogenous, where bone from one nonessential
area in the patient’s body is removed and surgically combined at the essential
location. It does require an additional surgery site.
- Xenograft, which is bone matter from a nonhuman
donor, such as cattle, used for the graft.
- Allograft, bone samples are used from a donor
bone bank for the procedure.
There are pros and cons for each type of graft, and this
medical decision is based on a patient’s medical condition, the amount of bone
needed, and other factors patients can thoroughly discuss with Dr. Szymanowski.
Call Us Today
Our staff is here to help you with any questions you have
about your dental implants and the need for a bone graft in Sacramento, CA. Please call Dr. Szymanowski’s office
at (916) 929-5416 to schedule an appointment.
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