What Does a Bone Graft for Teeth Mean?


In the case of bone loss – It generally occurs when there is no teeth/tooth left to stimulate your bone. If there is a lot of bone loss it can require a procedure of ridge augmentation in order to rebuild loss of bone and place dental implants.

Generally, these dental procedures can be recommended to restore bone loss because of previous problems. These are generally problems such as loss of a tooth/teeth, trauma or gum disease. The dentist might also use it after extraction of tooth/teeth, in order to maintain the structure of your bone.


There are many reasons why it’s important to maintain and restore your facial bone structures.


With procedures like dental implants, the placement of your tooth to achieve the best results will require bone to be very close to the position and dimension it originally was in. Some facial and jaw bones hold the muscle and skin in place, which is needed for your facial cosmetic appearance.


Thus, your face might have the appearance of premature aging without this underlying bone’s support.


What should you know about grafting of your jaw bone?


During your body’s usual cycle of maintenance, specific cells within your blood constantly enter the tissues in order to remove all cells that are damaged and restore them with healthy new cells. In the case of tooth loss that is not treated, you can lose volume and bone in the area and dental implants can’t be safely placed.


With the procedures of grafting, the dentist places certain materials as a framework in areas where a bone is missing, thus, cells may enter to begin a process of rebuilding. As time goes by, your own cells can remodel these grafting materials into functioning bone of your own. The jaw bones that are restored can provide adequate space to place dental implants.


The type of materials a dentist uses for bone grafting


There are different sources to obtain material for bone grafting.


Autograft bone


This bone material is collected from different points in your own body. These can be transplanted into the areas where it’s needed. It’s a material that is excellent for grafting because of the fact that it contains your own cells that won’t carry any risk to transmit diseases. The main drawback of this is that it may require another surgical procedure to collect sufficient harvestable bone, which might not always be easily obtainable.


Allograft bone


In this case, the material can be harvested from organ donors and then processed to make sure of its safety, as well as its handling characteristics. The biggest advantage of this material can include its ready availability, no need for extra surgery, their effectiveness is clinically proven, and its track record is excellent for safety.


Safety and screening of allograft bone


Every donor is screened extensively prior to accepting them for processing. They are tested for any infectious diseases such as Syphilis, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, HIV-1, and HIV-2.


All donated bones undergo procedures of proprietary processing which has to demonstrate that it consistently produces an effective and safe product. These bones are packed into dosages for single patients, which are tested for sterility and ready to use as implant so it can assist your body in regenerating bone.

What can you expect of a bone graft for teeth?


The dentist can recommend that you must go for a procedure of bone grafting in order to restore bone in your jaw if it’s not suitable to perform a dental implant.


Socket grafting performed after the extraction of your tooth


With the extraction of your tooth – When the dentist removes your tooth that is damaged, there can be a void left behind where your tooth used to be. Loss of bone occurs if there isn’t any tooth to stimulate your jaw bone.


Allograft bone used as socket grafting – Your dentist can choose to use allograft bone as grafting material to fill the void that is left behind. It’s excellent to promote the growth of bone.


The healing phase – This bone grafting material can provide a structure for natural body cells to migrate into this void. This is done in order to remodel the graft material into bone tissues of your own. When the jaw bone is healed properly it can support your dental implants better.


After loss of bone using ridge augmentation


In the case of bone loss – It generally occurs when there is no teeth/tooth left to stimulate your bone. If there is a lot of bone loss it can require a procedure of ridge augmentation in order to rebuild loss of bone and place dental implants. 


Restoring bone – The dentist can perform a ridge augmentation by using allograft bone as grafting material in restoring the jaw bone into its usual shape, ready to support implants.


Fixing your smile – Once the ridge augmentation was done by remodeling the graft and you healed, implants can be placed and your smile will be restored.


You can ask your dentist for more detailed information on any of these procedures.

Article last time updated on 23.08.2017.

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