A person’s jawbone deteriorates over time leaving the bone poor in quality and quantity. This condition makes the bone unsuitable for a placement of dental implants. Also, the person who suffers from this condition will not qualify as candidates for dental implants.
Fortunately, medical innovations have found an effective way to enable the body to grow bone where it is needed. This innovation is known as bone grafting. It not only provides the opportunity for the placement of dental implants but also helps in restoring the jawbone’s functionality and aesthetic appearance.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a method of repairing the jawbone, which has an insufficient structure, caused by gum injuries or disease and previous tooth extractions, to make it possible for placing dental implants. The bone graft is taken from either the tissue bank or from a patient’s own bone on the hips, tibia, or jaw. Sinus bone grafts are also used to replace the posterior upper jawbones. Moreover, special membranes, which dissolve under the gum, are used to encourage bone regeneration and protect the bone graft. This process is known as guided tissue or bone regeneration.
To repair substantial defects of the jawbone, bone grafting is typically performed. These defects occur as a result of various conditions, which may include congenital defects, tumor surgery, and traumatic injuries. These defects are restored using the person’s own bone, which is harvested from different parts of the body. Depending on the dimensions of the defect, the bone grafts are usually taken from the patient’s tibia or lateral knee, hip, and skull. Generally, these procedures require an operating room and a hospital stay.
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