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An Overview About Bone Grafts
A dental bone graft is a procedure that adds more bone tissues to a part of the patient’s jawbone where some has been lost. Bone tissues might deteriorate due to missing teeth, structures in the mouth that are damaged by issues like gum disease, or damage to the jawbone due to trauma.
The bone tissues used for the procedure might be taken from other parts of the patient’s body, it might be taken from an animal, or a synthetic material might be used. Bone grafts are often performed so other procedures like the installation of implants can be performed.
Getting a bone graft
There are several approaches to performing bone grafts. Most of these methods involve making an incision to reach the patient’s jaw. The donor material is then attached to the patient’s jaw. The procedure might be recommended if a person has lost one of their permanent teeth or the bone structures that hold their teeth in place have been destroyed by tooth decay.
An autograft typically involves using bone tissues from the patient’s tibia, jaw, or tibia. These types of grafts were once the standard because they increase bone formation and heal fast. Other types of bone grafts include:
- Allografts: These are done using bone tissues from a human donor, like a cadaver
- Xenografts: These grafts are done using bone tissues from animals, like pigs or cows
- Alliplasts: These are done using synthetic materials to mimic bone tissues, like calcium sodium and calcium phosphate
There are a few reasons that a dentist might recommend a bone graft for a patient. These include the following.
Preparing their jaw for implants
A dentist might recommend getting a bone graft if you are interested in getting implants, but the bone tissues in your jaw are not thick enough to hold one in place. An implant is an artificial teeth root that is surgically placed in a patient’s jawbone. It is held in place by bone tissues around it, and it eventually fuses with them.
As a treatment for gum disease
People who have periodontitis might also need bone grafts to help to rebuild their teeth structures. Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria in plaque and tartar getting underneath gum tissues. It leads to irritation, inflammation, and damage being done to gum and bone tissues that support teeth.
As a treatment for bone loss
Bone tissues in the jaw break down when teeth fall out and that leads to changes to their facial structures, like the formation of wrinkles or a sunken appearance. A dentist restores lost bone tissues in the jaw by performing bone grafts. Bone tissue loss in the jaw is more likely to affect older people, who are more likely to have missing teeth.
Restore bone structures in your mouth with bone grafts
Bone grafts can make you eligible for implants, and they can prevent tooth loss due to gum disease. Give us a call or visit our Tacoma clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.
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