Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to repair bone fractures or deficiencies that have failed to heal properly, pose a health risk to the patient, or interfere with dental implants. The procedure is performed by fitting the graft into the bone defect through an incision made over the area needing to be repaired.
The graft is held in place with pins or plates, and splinted to avoid unnecessary movement while the bones heal. The graft can be used to make bones wider, higher, or to fill in voids or defects that can be caused by a host of problems, such as losing teeth and periodontal disease.
Where Does the Bone Grafting Come From?
Bone can be taken from an area of the patient’s body where it is unessential, taken from a donor, or produced synthetically. If the bone graft is from the patient’s body, new bone will be formed by the cells contained within the graft. When the bone graft is taken from a donor, the patient’s cells convert into cells that are capable of forming new bone.
A type of scaffolding is created by synthetic bone grafts in which the patient’s cells are able to form new bone. Using bones from the patient’s body is the most preferable option, but your oral surgeon will best be able to decide which method suits your personal needs.
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