When should a bone graft be considered?

Bone grafting is a little-known, but fairly common procedure. And while it may seem complex at first glance, this surgery is easier than you might think.

Would you like to know more about bone grafting and the different cases where this procedure is considered? The implantology and maxillofacial surgery specialists at Clinique MFML explain everything in the following article.

What is a bone graft?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that can be performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, among others. This procedure, which consists of reconstructing the alveolar bone, i.e. the bone of the jawbone that holds the roots of the teeth, is necessary in some cases.

The material used for the bone graft may be taken from the patient at a second intraoral surgical site or from an external source, either from a donor, animals or synthetic materials.

Bone grafting before dental implants

If you are a patient who might receive dental implants, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon may recommend a dental bone graft.

When the alveolar bone doesn’t have the required characteristics to receive one or more dental implants, it is essential to perform a bone graft.

Therefore, this graft may be necessary when the jawbone is not high enough to receive an implant or when the bone is not thick enough, but also when the insertion axis is sub-optimal. Bone grafting will then help strengthen the bone structure for a dental implant.

Alveolar bone resorption: another case where bone grafting is needed

The presence of teeth in the alveolar bone provides natural stimulation. Among other things, this allows the bone to maintain an adequate height and thickness. Through the action of force load that occurs when chewing, the roots of the teeth transfer and distribute the pressure to allow bone remodeling.

However, when a natural tooth is missing, due to loss or extraction, the alveolar bone is no longer sufficiently stimulated, resulting in atrophy.

The more teeth are missing, the greater the bone degradation that can occur. In these cases, dental bone grafting can restore volume to the alveolar bone in preparation for the placement of implants.

Bone grafting: a solution for solid dental implants

In short, bone grafting is a valuable surgical procedure that can be used, for example, to prepare for a dental implant or counteract the resorption of alveolar bone.

At Clinique MFML, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the expertise and equipment required to perform proper dental bone grafts. Contact us if you believe that your situation requires a graft.

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