Dental Bone Grafting – Midland & Odessa TX

What is a Bone Graft?

Over time, the jawbone linked to missing teeth undergoes atrophy and absorption. This frequently results in insufficient quality and quantity of bone necessary for dental implant placement. Consequently, many patients in such scenarios are not eligible candidates for dental implants.

When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?

Over time, missing teeth can lead to jawbone atrophy, causing inadequate bone for dental implants and altering facial structure. Many patients in this situation are ineligible for implants. Thankfully, bone regeneration techniques now allow for proper implant placement and restoration of function and appearance.

Major Bone Grafting

Bone grafting repairs implant sites with insufficient bone due to past extractions, gum disease, or injuries. Bone may come from a tissue bank or your own jaw, hip, or tibia. Sinus bone grafts are also done for upper jaw bone replacement. Special dissolvable membranes protect and stimulate bone growth, known as guided bone regeneration. Major bone grafts fix jaw defects from trauma, tumor surgery, or birth issues, often using the patient’s bone from areas like the skull, hip, or knee. These surgeries are done in an operating room and may require hospitalization.

Causes of Jawbone Deterioration:

  • Tooth Extractions: Missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration as natural stimulation is lost.
  • Periodontal Disease: Infections in the gums gradually damage the bone supporting the teeth.
  • Dentures/Bridgework: Lack of bone stimulation from dentures can result in bone loss.
  • Trauma: Injuries causing tooth loss or fractures can halt bone stimulation.
  • Misalignment: Unopposed teeth can cause bone deterioration over time.
  • Osteomyelitis: Bacterial infection in the jawbone leads to inflammation and bone loss.
  • Tumors: Benign or malignant growths may necessitate jawbone removal and reconstruction.
  • Developmental Deformities: Syndromes may lead to missing portions of the jaw or skull, requiring bone grafting.
  • Sinus Deficiencies: Removal of upper molars can cause sinus enlargement and bone loss.

Types of Bone Grafts: 

Autogenous Bone Grafts: Made from your own bone, typically harvested from the chin, jaw, hip, or skull. Advantages include live bone with cellular elements enhancing growth, reducing rejection risk. Requires a second procedure for harvesting.

Allogenic Bone: Dead bone from a cadaver, serving as a scaffold for new bone growth. Cannot produce new bone independently.

Xenogenic Bone: Derived from non-living bone of another species, processed to avoid rejection. Functions similarly to allogenic grafts.

Bone Graft Substitutes:

  • Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM): Extracted from allograft bone, available in various forms.
  • Graft Composites: Mix of graft materials and growth factors for diverse benefits.
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs): Natural proteins promoting bone formation and healing.

Synthetic materials eliminate the need for bone harvesting, reducing risk and pain. Dr. Gutta will choose the best option for your needs.

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