What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure to promote regrowth of organic bone tissue. In the procedure itself, we take a piece of bone either from another area of your body or from a donated source. After the bone is placed onto the diminished section of your bone, in this case your jaw, the material needs a few months to heal and integrate. Once enough time has passed, the area will be thicker and strong enough to hold prosthetics such as dental implants.
While bone grafts are typically associated with dental implants, they may also be performed immediately following a tooth extraction to prevent the alveolar bone inside the socket from resorbing. As soon as teeth are removed, deterioration starts so our oral surgeons may recommend a bone graft ahead of time in order to stay proactive.
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
With dental implants, the jawbone needs to have a substantial amount of volume in order to accommodate a zirconium post. If the implant is placed but there isn’t enough bone for it to adhere properly, it can increase the risk of the implant failing. Our implant specialist Dr. Edgar will always perform a thorough examination and x-rays to confirm you are eligible for dental implants.
Should I Consider PRF Bone Grafts?
If you’re considering a bone graft so you can get dental implants, it’s worth it to review the benefits of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) technique. Platelet-rich fibrin is a clotting material that’s naturally resourced from your own blood. By using PRF together with your bone graft, we can improve your body’s healing abilities as well as the natural regrowth of your bone and soft tissue.
Since platelets are cell fragments found in blood, they can naturally increase the speed of healing and growth of natural tissues. These tissues include supportive alveolar bone and gums, two areas essential for successful implantation.
Whether you need to have dental implants placed or you simply want to promote faster healing after a tooth is extracted, PRF bone grafts are worth taking a closer look at.