Once a tooth is lost the area of the jawbone associated with that missing tooth starts to diminish. This leaves a low quantity of bone to properly perform a dental implant procedure. However, there are methods that will allow you to regain the loss of bone, this method being bone grafting.
Bone grafting is a dental procedure that uses different techniques to fill in an area where the bone is absent in the jawbone to improve the jaws structural stability. The bone that is used in the bone grafting procedure can come from your own body or a donor, at times the material can also be completely synthetic.
There are two major types of bone grafting procedures:
Autogenous Bone Grafts - Autogenous bone grafts, also known as autografts, are made from your very own bone, taken from somewhere else within the body. The bone is typically taken from the chin, jaw, lower leg bone, hip, or the skull. The advantage of this type of grafting is graft material is your very own live bone, meaning it contains living cellular elements that increase bone growth, also eliminating the potential risk of your body rejecting the graft material since it comes from you. A downside to autografting is that it requires a second procedure to collect bone from elsewhere within the body. In some cases, a second procedure might not be recommended, based on your condition.
Allogenic Bone Grafts - Allogenic bone, or allograft, is dead bone harvested from a cadaver, then processed utilizing a freeze-dry method to extract the water through a vacuum. Unlike autogenous bone, allogenic bone can't produce new bone on its own. Rather, it serves as a framework, or scaffold, over which bone from the surrounding bony walls could grow to fill the defect or void.
Recovery and Aftercare:
Recovery from a bone grafting procedure varies for each patient. Typically, patients can see the recovery time lasts from two weeks up to three months. The grafting process may last longer than the three-month mark.
Here are some recommendations for patients to keep in mind in their recovery process:
· Take all medications as prescribed.
· Smoking will greatly affect the healing process so avoid smoking for at least 30 days
· Stick with a diet of soft foods and stay away from spicy, super-hot, and salty foods
· To protect the stitches and/or the implant try not to chew directly on the area of the procedure
Patients should always follow the specific instructions given to them by their dentist.
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