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Bone Grafting

bone-grafting-4What is a bone graft?

When you lose a tooth, you can lose associated bone for a number of reasons :

The net result of the above is loss of bone volume for a dental implant. Although dental implants come in various sizes, both width and height, it is an oversimplification to match an implant size to the remaining bone. Teeth at the back of the mouth typically suffer heavy bite forces, and therefore it becomes increasingly important to have a thick jaw bone to be able to place a wide implant platform. When there is bone loss at the front of the mouth it is very important to replace such lost bone, otherwise the appearance of the implant and associated crown is extremely poor.

Bone grafts can be obtained from a number of sources. It is possible to have bone harvested from your own mouth or hip at the time of surgery. For most implant treatments this is unnecessary, and a substitute bone graft can be purchased which saves the discomfort of a second surgical site. This purchased bone can be ether a synthetic analogue of calcium phosphate (the mineral of bone), or bone is obtained from controlled cow herds and processed. This is known as a xenograft, and is the commonest procedure in using particles of bone for dental implants. Transplanted human bone is also available but less often recommended. All bone which is transplanted from animals or humans are subject to rigorous sterilisation procedures, such as defatting, and gamma irradiation.

The footer will provide more information on the following treatments :

It is very important for your dental implant surgeon to make some key decisions on whether a bone graft is necessary as part of your dental implant procedure. For more information on this book a free consultation with a Treatment Coordinator.

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