20 Mars 2017
During a consultation, you may have heard a little about dental implants. Part of this is to determine whether or not it is sufficient to support the dental implant. If there is not, you can not have dental implants. It could be a dental bone graft. A dental bone graft helps to build up the bone in areas where it may not be wide enough or high enough for implants.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Bone Grafts?
You could also hear a bone increase. Bone augmentation is simply a term used to describe the different procedures used to build up your jaw so the dental implants can be placed.
A bone graft can use a variety of bone or bone-like materials. The graft can be of bone taken from another area in your body, or it can be synthetic, or it may be donor's bone.
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Alternatively, it's possible to use synthetic bone material that helps to stimulate your body to produce bone cells. Yet, another option is to use donor bone that is likely to be bovine or human. Donor bone is extremely rigorously tested and sterilized and is highly regulated to ensure the process is completely safe.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Bone Graft?
The type selected can depend on how much bone needs to be replaced, and the location of the bone graft, as well as the number of dental implants, to be inserted. The procedure for a bone graft is very straightforward and can often be completed under local anesthetic.
Afterward, it's usually necessary to allow the bone graft plenty of time to heal and to jump strongly with the existing bone in your jaw. This process may take several months. Alternatively, it might be possible to place the bone graft at the same time as the dental implant if only a tiny amount of bone is required.
How Is Bone Lost from the Jaw?
When one or more teeth are extracted then the tooth roots are also removed. The tooth roots have a couple of different purposes, as they help to anchor the tooth firmly in place. They also help to provide stimulation to the bone surrounding the roots. Every time you bite down or chew then some of the force is transmitted through the crown of the tooth into the tooth roots and out into the surrounding bone.
This sends a message to the jawbone to continue replacing old bone cells. When the tooth roots are removed the jawbone no longer receives these messages and does not bother to replace old bone cells. As a result, the jawbone gradually diminishes in size.