Bone grafting is sometimes a necessary procedure to build up deteriorated jaw bone tissue in order to create sufficient support for dental implants. Dr. Clark Damon can perform different bone grafting techniques at our Dallas, Amarillo, and Fort Worth, TX, offices based on the patient's needs and preferences. He also uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for enhanced healing. Bone grafts are primarily needed in patients who have been missing teeth for several months or more. However, Dr. Damon may also perform a bone graft at the time of extraction in order to guard against the effects of tooth loss.
What is Bone Grafting?
After a tooth is lost, the bone that supported its structure begins to shrink. As much as 25 percent of the bone is lost in the first year after a tooth falls out or is extracted. Bone grafting is a procedure that is usually performed in preparation for dental implants. The process uses either the patient’s own bone from another part of his or her body, donated tissue, or synthetic materials to rebuild the jawbone. This ensures there is sufficient bone tissue to support one or more dental implants.
Dr. Damon can perform different bone grafting techniques and also uses growth factors for enhanced healing.
Sometimes, a bone graft is placed immediately following a tooth extraction. This is known as socket preservation, a technique which helps to prevent the bone degeneration that typically occurs following tooth loss. By immediately placing a bone graft, the patient can typically receive a dental implant sooner.
Bone Grafting Techniques
Dr. Damon employs a variety of bone grafting techniques. The particular method he recommends will be dependent on the patient’s unique needs and treatment goals.
Block grafts are used when there are large sections of bone missing from the jaw that cannot be filled with grafting material. Instead, block grafts are screwed into place and left for a period of four to six months while the bone heals. A membrane is often placed over the graft to protect it from abnormal tissue growths.
Xenografts are bone grafts taken from other species, such as bovine, which essentially trick the human body into recognizing it as natural bone. The body then eventually absorbs the bovine tissue, replacing it with the patient’s own natural tissues. These materials are supplied by banks who have the ability to extract tissue that has been proven for bone growth and improved healing.
Cadavers are the primary source of allografts. These bone grafts are extracted in large amounts and specially treated to prevent contamination and spread of diseases. Bone grafts with allografts are one of the most successful types of grafts.
Dr. Damon combines most bone grafts with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This enriches a small sample of the patient’s own blood with platelets and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), which expedites healing.
Learn More about the Necessity of Bone Grafting
If you have been told you are not a good candidate for implants due to bone degeneration, we can help. To better understand the importance of bone grafting for dental implants, contact our office online or call (817) 336-2121 today.