Bone grafting is a surgical procedure performed to replace missing bone in the jaw or add bone to the jaw. At Xpert Smile, our dentist often performs this procedure before dental implant placement to strengthen the jawbone.
The bone grafting procedure involves taking bone tissue from another part of the body and transplanting it to the area that needs additional bone material. Once the graft is in place, it integrates with the existing bone to form a solid implant base.
Several types of bone grafts can be used to restore lost bone structure. The type of graft used will depend on several factors, including the location of the graft and the amount of bone needed.
Types of Bone Grafts
Autogenous Bone Graft
An autogenous bone graft uses the patient’s bone, usually from the chin, hip, or shin. This type of graft requires two surgical procedures, one to harvest the bone and one to graft the bone.
An allograft uses bone from a donor that is processed to remove living cells before being implanted into the patient’s jaw. Allografts are advantageous because they do not require a second surgical site to harvest the bone, and they heal faster than an autogenous graft.
Xenograft Bone Graft
A xenograft uses animal bone, typically from a cow. This type of graft has similar benefits to an allograft, but the animal bone is processed differently to remove the living cells and reduce the risk of rejection.
The Benefits of Bone Grafts
Restoring Dental Implant Viability
Bone grafting is often a prerequisite for dental implant placement. When a patient lacks sufficient bone density or volume in their jaw, dental implants may not have the necessary support. Bone grafts in Bellevue, WA, can augment the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for dental implants and ensuring their success and longevity.
Preserving Facial Structure
Tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma can lead to bone resorption, causing the jawbone to shrink and deteriorate over time. Bone grafting can help maintain facial structure by preventing further bone loss, which can lead to a sunken or aged appearance.
Bone grafting can improve the aesthetics of your smile. When bone loss leads to a collapsed or irregular gumline, it can affect the appearance of your teeth. Grafting helps create a more harmonious gumline, enhancing the overall look of your smile.
A successful graft can help maintain oral health and support dental treatments for many years, improving quality of life. If you are facing bone loss or considering dental implants or other restorative procedures, visit Xpert Smile at 4301 Factoria Blvd. SE, Unit B, Bellevue, WA 98006, or call (425) 502-9415 to explore how bone grafting can provide you with a solid foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.