At Sedaros Oral Surgery, a bone graft is a common procedure that is utilized to aid in any more procedures we perform. Bone grafting is a fascinating process that initiates the body healing capabilities to regrow and fortify bone in any given place. When used in oral surgery, bone grafts are traditionally used to reestablish the jawbone. Here are a few things you may not know about bone grafting.
There are three ways an oral surgeon can go about preparing a bone graft:
- Autologous – bone harvested from the patient’s own body
- Allograft – bone harvested and purified from cadaver bone
- Synthetic – bone crated in a lab from naturally occurring biocompatible substances or harvested from bovine sources.
Bone grafts guide the body’s own healing mechanisms and stimulate the regrowth of bone in an area that has lost it. By placing the graft where the surgeon intends to grow bone the body responds by regenerating bone to fill in that area.
Dental implants cannot be placed without a proper foundation of jawbone. Most oral bone grafts are performed for this purpose.
Vittorio Putti is recognized as the founder of orthopedic science. His paper on bone grafting, published in 1912, is still relevant for surgeons more than 100 years later.
Bone grafting is a complex science that has been perfected over the many years it has been in use. At Sedaros Oral Surgery we routinely perform this procedure to place implants and correct jaw trauma. If you have any questions about an upcoming bone graft, call our office today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.