Bone grafts are procedures performed to augment bone volume in the jaw. A bone graft will add tissue to deficient areas, placing sufficient amounts of healthy bone to maintain the underlying facial structure, improve bone health, or increase the success of a dental implant placement. If you have suffered bone loss, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Bilski for a dental bone graft in Independence, OH. There are three basic types of bone grafts, which include:
- Donor tissue is collected from the patient.
- Donor tissue is obtained from a bone bank.
- Donor tissue is harvested from a bovine source.
A Visit for a Dental Bone Graft in Independence, OH
If you need a bone graft before your dental implant can be placed, Dr. Bilski will discuss your options with you so that you may decide on the best source of grafting materials. While the majority of patients will opt for an autogenous graft, some patients may not be good candidates for this method due to the need for a second surgical site or a lack of sufficient donor tissue.
To begin your autogenous bone graft, Dr. Bilski will make an incision at the treatment site to assess the amount of tissue needed to restore bone volume. He will then make an incision at the donor site, which is usually below the lower front teeth and accessed through the gum tissue. Bone tissue and marrow will be collected and the incision closed with sutures.
The donor tissue will be placed at the treatment site, held in place with titanium screws. Dr. Bilski will apply a mixture of grafting material and marrow at the site to facilitate healing. The new bone tissue will integrate with the existing bone during the healing process, restoring the bone density necessary to place your dental implant. Your dental implant procedure can be scheduled roughly six to nine months after your bone graft.
When bone has been lost in an area where a dental implant is required, a bone graft can make the difference in a successful procedure. For your personalized consultation in Independence, OH, contact Dr. Bilski today.