Bone GraftingOver a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is either obtained as a product (Xenograft) or your own bone can be taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). The video on the right shows a bone graft taken from the back of the jaw and secured using bone screws.
Different surgeon’s have quite different preferences regarding the optimal methods of bone grafting. Dr Hinckfuss’s preference is to use Xenograft as he has found it to be the most predictable method of bone grafting with minimal post-operative pain, less invasive surgical procedures and better aesthetic outcomes and long term stability.
Bone Grafting Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the bone grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner