If your jaw bone is too thin or delicate to hold one or more dental implants adequately, your oral surgeon might recommend a bone grafting procedure. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the team regularly performs bone grafting operations before dental implant placement. A bone graft lays the foundation to restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile. If you’re interested in learning more about bone grafting, call or click the online booking tool to request your consultation today.
The team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, might recommend a bone grafting procedure if you’ve lost some or all of your teeth as a result of an accident, injury, or general decay. Left untreated, a jawbone without teeth atrophies and your body reabsorbs it. This process affects the strength and structure of your jawbone, making the placement of dental implants nearly impossible.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses bone from another part of your body or synthetic bone materials, to replace your bone, restoring your jaw to its near original length and width. Following a bone graft procedure, it’s safe to restore your smile using dental implants.
At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, the team offers three different types of bone grafts:
Autogenous bone graftings, or autografts, come from a part of your body. In most cases, the team harvests autografts from your skull, leg, chin, or hip. Autogenous bone grafts contain live bone, which encourages natural bone growth. However, they require a second surgery to collect the bone. As a result, the team typically recommends autografts for healthy, younger individuals.
Allogenic bone grafting uses bone material harvested from a cadaver and freeze-dried to extract any remaining water. Unlike autografts, allogeneic bone grafts don’t contain any live bone cells. Instead, the team uses allogenic bone as a foundation over which healthy bone tissue can grow. Allogenic bone grafting requires only one surgery.
Xenogenic bone comes from another species, such as a cow or pig. Before application, the bone undergoes extensive heating to prevent rejection or contamination. Similar to an allogenic bone graft, a xenogenic bone graft serves as a foundation around which your natural tissue can grow.
Thanks to modern technology and scientific advances, there is an array of synthetic materials used in bone grafting, including graft composites, bone morphogenic proteins, and demineralized bone matrices. Synthetic materials require only one surgery and lower your risk of complications and pain.
To determine the type of bone grafting you’ll most benefit from, your Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of X-rays. After gathering all of this information, they can make recommendations based on your individual situation.
To learn more about the benefits of bone grafting, make an appointment by calling Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, or click the online booking tool today.