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Bone Grafting

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Many times, a dentist will need to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago. A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix problems associated with bones or joints. Bone grafting or transplanting of bones is beneficial in fixing bones after trauma, growing bone around implanted devices such as a total knee replacement, and problem joints. The bone used as a bone graft can come from your own body, from a donor, or could be entirely manmade. Once accepted by the patient, the bone graft provides a framework where new, living bone can grow.

There are two types of bone grafting techniques:

The first and most extensive type of bone grafting is always done as a separate surgery from the implant placement. This type of graft is intended to make large changes to the shape and size of the dental ridge so that a stable implant can be placed, usually several months later. This procedure is generally performed by oral surgeons or periodontists.

In the second type of bone grafting, the jaw may already have enough bone to place the implant, but not enough bone to completely cover the sides of the implant. These types of grafts are generally small in size and are performed at the time of implant placement.

Bone grafting is performed in the following three clinical situations:

  • To stimulate healing of fractures; fresh fractures that have failed to heal after an initial treatment attempt.
  • To stimulate healing between two bones across a diseased joint. This situation is called “arthrodesis” or “fusion.”
  • To improve bone healing process and regeneration of bone tissue around surgically implanted devices, such as artificial joints replacement, for example total hip replacement or total knee replacement, or places and screws used to hold bone alignment.

Treatment Options

All methods of bone grafting involve adding some material to the specific location where bone is needed as a means of stimulating a new or more effective healing response. Now, minimally invasive bone grafting is available, meaning the grafting can be performed with a needle, without a surgical incision. However, most methods need open implantation. This is necessary to ensure there is adequate space and proper positioning of the graft material. It is also necessary to remove scar tissues and dead or poorly vascularized tissues from the graft site, since this would interfere with the healing process.

Give Your Smile a New Look

For people missing one or more teeth, the cosmetic effect of a dental implant is almost unbeatable- giving your smile a new look is a result of the cosmetic effect. Dental implants look and function the same as a regular teeth, and a successful implant is just about undetectable. It is always important, however, to make sure that you understand all the various aspects of an oral surgery, and dental implants are no different. One of the important things to know of is the possibility of needing a bone graft for dental implants.

A dental implant typically has two pieces: a metal cylinder placed into the jaw bone and functions like the root of the tooth, and an abutment that screws into the first piece. A crown is then placed on the abutment, creating the appearance of a tooth. An Austin Oral Surgery surgeon will talk to you about undergoing a bone graft for dental implants if he believes that your jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the implant in place in its current state. If the bone cannot support the implant, it may cause the implant surgery to fail.

Once the bone graft is complete, the rest of the implant surgery can proceed. As with any other surgical procedure, our oral surgeon will discuss with you your personal medical history and all the risks and benefits of the surgery. Once our doctor decides you are a good fit for the procedure, you can look forward to a brand new smile.

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Prior to the surgery, your doctor will decide which type of bone graft will be used. Shortly before the operation, the doctor will administer to you general anesthesia, which will put you into a deep, peaceful sleep. Our anesthesiologist will monitor the anesthesia and your recovery. Your surgeon will then make an incision in the skin above where the graft is needed. He or she will then shape the donated bone to fit the area. The graft will be held in place using various pins, plates, or screws.

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Austin Oral Surgery provides patients with sedation to ensure a comfortable, pain-free experience. Our friendly, compassionate staff truly care about you and we have specialists with many years experience. These are some of the reasons you should choose us. So contact us today and we will take care of all your dental needs.