What Is Bone Grafting and Why Do We Recommend It?
Bone grafting is not as mysterious as it sounds! Performing bone grafting procedures in our Ocean City, MD dental office actually opens the door for patients who would otherwise be unable to have dental implants to replace missing teeth due to insufficient bone density.
Here is a little information about bone grafting:
Where Does Donor Bone Come From?
Donor bone can actually come from a variety of sources:
- Cadaver bone
- Your own bone
- Lab-created bone
- Bovine bone
No matter which source we use, the bone is sterilized and free from pathogens. It actually looks a bit like the inside of a silica packet once it has gone through rigorous screening and processing.
One of the benefits of using your own bone is that the cells match yours perfectly – because they are yours! One of the benefits of using donor bone is that you do not have a second surgical site. We can go over the pros and cons of the different types of bone.
How Bone Grafting Works
If you have a scheduled extraction, we can often place bone grafting material at the surgical site, eliminating the need for a second procedure. One of our dentists will place the material at the site where dental implant surgery is to occur and cover the material with a healing membrane before closing the site. Full integration varies from patient to patient. We will monitor your progress so that we can place your dental implant at the right time.
Especially when using donor bone, bone grafting is a well-tolerated procedure that causes minimal discomfort. The anesthetic we use and our approach to aftercare makes the patient experience as pain-free as possible. Fortunately, the mouth heals rapidly when cared for properly.
If you are exploring dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth and you’re wondering of bone grafting is right for you, contact our Ocean City, MD dental office to learn more. We welcome your curiosity and are here to help you make the best decision regarding your oral health.