A beautiful smile is more than just straight and pearly white teeth; it's also about having a solid and healthy foundation that supports your oral health. Unfortunately, factors like tooth loss, gum disease, or facial trauma can lead to bone loss in the jaw, compromising the stability of your teeth and overall oral well-being. This is where bone grafting comes to the rescue! Bone grafting is a remarkable and innovative procedure that helps restore and regenerate lost bone, providing a solid foundation for dental implants or other restorative treatments.
At J. Russell Danner, DDS, bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves adding bone or bone-like material to areas with insufficient bone volume. The grafted material serves as a scaffold, stimulating the growth of new bone cells and integrating with the existing bone, eventually creating a robust and stable structure. This regenerative process lays the groundwork for various dental treatments, such as dental implants requiring adequate bone support to ensure long-term success.
In an autograft, bone is taken from one part of the patient's body, such as the hip or chin, and transplanted to the area requiring augmentation. Autografts offer excellent compatibility since they come from the patient's own body.
Allografts involve using bone graft material from a human donor, which is rigorously screened, processed, and sterilized to ensure safety and reduce the risk of rejection.
Xenografts use bone material from an animal source, such as cows. The material is treated to make it biocompatible and is used as a scaffold for the patient's bone to grow.
Alloplastic bone grafts use synthetic materials, such as ceramics or biocompatible polymers, to mimic the properties of natural bone. The patient's bone gradually replaces these grafts over time.
By regenerating bone tissue and creating a solid foundation, bone grafting helps patients regain their smiles, oral health, and quality of life. If you have concerns about bone loss, visit J. Russell Danner, DDS, at 4514 Memorial Cir Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73142, or call 405-749-1676 to book an appointment.