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What is a Bone Graft and How do They Work?

A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure where we take bone from another source and alter it so that you will have ample bone in your mouth for a dental implant to function successfully. There are multiple ways we can create this graft, depending on what the patient is comfortable with and where we can get the bone from. 

Two Types of Bone Grafting 

In our office, there are two ways we can recreate your mouth's bone structure. One way is with a cadaver bone. They come from people who donate their bodies and organs after they pass. This process is 100% sterile and safe. 

The other option is, if we have to extract your tooth, we can actually use that tooth to support the bones in your mouth. We take the tooth and grind it, sterilize it; then our phlebotomist draws blood from you. The next step is to place your blood in the centrifuge, which separates the best parts of your blood that we can mix with your ground up tooth. Then we add PRF or platelet rich fibrin, which helps form the bone, and then we can place it into your jaw. 

This process creates a very strong tooth foundation, which heals quicker than normal healing time. 

Why is a Bone Graft Necessary?

The bone in your mouth is extremely important. If you lose a tooth, your bone will eventually start to reabsorb causes your facial features to sag. Not only will this give you an older appearance, but your teeth won't have the same function, which is extremely important for digesting, and it leads to higher chances of infection and other issues. 

Contact Us

If you want to learn more about the bone grafting process, why it is so important, or if you are worried about the procedure, please contact us today, and we can give you all of the information you need before your procedure to help you feel at ease. 

You can also learn more about our other treatments and services by watching videos like this in our video library. 

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