Bone Grafting Purpose & Benefits
There are millions of people who have missing teeth, loose teeth, fractures of the teeth or bone, gum disease, wear a denture or have had orthodontic treatment.
People may not realise that these things can have an impact on your jawbones, eventually causing the jawbone to deteriorate. Without insufficient bone in your jaw, you risk losing teeth.
Regenerative procedures such as bone grafting are a key element to successful treatment outcomes for many people.
Over a period of time when you lose a tooth the bone starts to dissolve, the bone is stimulated by the tooth and when that stimulation is gone, the bone starts to deteriorate, when is completely gone there is no longer anywhere for the dentist to place an implant.
In general terms bone grafting is regeneration or replacement of the bone that you lost, that bone loss can be added either with your own bone (autogenous bone), we can take tissue from or bone grafting from the ramus (which is your Jaw) or we can take tissue from an outside source.
The way bone grafting works is trying to stimulate your body into regenerating what we'd like it to regenerate. In a case of bone grafting, we're creating a scaffold, that scaffold is going to be a space with immature bone and what happens is your body has cells and proteins that float around and they will come in contact with the immature bone and call these cells that create bone to come into that area and regenerate what we are looking for.
The benefits of bone grafting include:
Increasing the quality and quantity of bone available for implant placement
Repairing bone trauma
Restoring lost bone due to infection
Repairing congenital abnormalities
Malformations and filling in lost bone due to tooth extraction
Guided tissue regeneration