Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graph is taken from a sample from the patient. Many times, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling takes place. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. Cadavers bone fragments are also used. They are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source for bone donation.
Bone Grafting FAQ’s
- What kind of material do you use?
There are several types of grafting material frequently used for oral surgery procedures. Your own bone, taken from another site, is sometimes the best choice. For small bone grafts such as filling in a tooth socket, commercially available bone graft material is often the preferred choice. The commercially available bone graft material used in oral surgery is identical to that used in orthopedic and other surgical disciplines.
- Is the artificial bone material safe to use?
Yes, commercially available bone graft material goes through a stringent preparation process. All cellular material and proteins are removed from the bone with only the mineral component being left behind. The processed bone is then freeze-dried and packaged for use.
- I had bone grafting done and I see some coming out, is that ok?
As your surgical site is healing tiny bits of the grafting material may work their way out. This is a normal part of the healing process.