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How Bone Grafting Can Make Implants Possible

Posted on 5/17/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A diagram of how a dental implant works.
Dental implants, small titanium rods that are surgically placed into your jawbone and used to support any number of crowns, have become the popular treatment option among both dentists and patients for replacing missing teeth.

This procedure can be used successfully on just about anyone. However, if you have already lost a significant amount of bone mass, you may first require a bone graft.

Why is Bone Important?

Your teeth perform a critical role in the health of your jawbone. When you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone, which triggers your body to send the essential nutrients that the bone needs to remain strong. When you lose your teeth, this stimulation is lost, so your body no longer sends those nutrients.

As a result, your jawbone begins to resorb and becomes weak. Over time, it weakens so much that when you do consider replacement options, your jaw is no longer stable enough to support the implants. If they were to be placed, they would most likely fail.

What is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure often performed prior to receiving implants, on patients who lack sufficient bone mass. There are a few different types of bone graft:

•  Autogenous. Bone is taken from another location within your own body.
•  Allogenic. Bone is taken from another person.
•  Xenogenic. Bone mass is taken from another species. It is first processed at extremely high temperatures, reducing the risk of infection or rejection.

In some instances, your oral surgeon may opt to use inorganic materials to fill the empty spaces in your jawbone, allowing your natural jaw to form around them.

Bone Graft Procedure

Before your procedure, you are given a local anesthetic. If you are using your own bone mass, a second local anesthetic is applied at the harvesting site. Incisions are made and the bone is removed.

Incisions are also made in your jaw, exposing the areas lacking bone mass. The donor bone is packed into place and the wounds stitched closed. Once you have healed, you can then receive your dental implants.

If you have previously been told that you were ineligible for dental implants because you lack sufficient bone mass, contact our office about the possibility of a bone graft.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

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Madison, WI 53713

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