Bone Grafting – Seattle & Kent
Understanding the Procedure and its Benefits.
Bone grafting is a common procedure performed prior to dental implant placement, to increase the volume of the jawbone in areas that have been impacted by bone loss. This brochure will provide you with information on the reasons that bone grafting is required, the different types of augmentation procedures and materials, and the benefits of these procedures.
Why is Bone Grafting Required?
Bone loss can occur in areas of the jaw due to a variety of reasons, including tooth loss, gum disease, and injury. When bone loss occurs, the jawbone may not be able to support dental implants, making bone grafting necessary. Bone grafting involves adding new bone material to the jaw, helping to increase the volume of the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for dental implants.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
There are several types of bone grafting procedures, including:
- Autografts: Autografts involve taking bone from one part of the body, such as the hip or chin, and transplanting it to the jaw. Autografts are a predictable and safe option for bone grafting, as the donor tissue is taken from the patient’s own body.
- Allografts: Allografts involve taking bone from a human donor and transplanting it to the jaw. Allografts are well-tolerated by the body and have a high success rate.
- Xenografts: Xenografts involve taking bone from an animal source and transplanting it to the jaw. Xenografts have a high success rate but may carry a slight risk of rejection.
Relative Risks and Benefits
Like all surgical procedures, bone grafting carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, and discomfort. However, the procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and is well-tolerated by most patients. In addition, the benefits of bone grafting include:
- Increased Jawbone Volume: Bone grafting adds new bone material to the jaw, increasing the volume of the jawbone and providing a stable foundation for dental implants.
- High Predictability: Bone grafting is a highly predictable procedure, with a high success rate and low risk of complications.
- Long-Term Success: Bone grafting provides long-term benefits, helping to ensure the stability and success of dental implants.
Bone grafting is a common procedure that is performed prior to dental implant placement, to increase the volume of the jawbone in areas that have been impacted by bone loss. The procedure is designed to provide a stable foundation for dental implants, helping to ensure their long-term success. If you are considering dental implants and have experienced bone loss, Visit Pacific northwest periodontics and ask our greats doctors about the benefits of bone grafting and find out if this procedure is right for you.
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