Types Of Grafts You May Need Prior To Getting Dental Implants
Posted on 4/15/2018 by Kirchner Dental
Thinking about following through with a dental implant procedure? You may be aware that some people require a bone graft for dental implants.
Here we give a brief look into the types of bone grafts you may need for your dental procedure.
Why Do I Need A Bone Graft?
We want any dental surgery we conduct to be successful. For a dental implant to be successful, your jaw must be strong enough to support the implant and withstand the pressure that biting and chewing exert on your bone.
If you cannot support this impact, the result would likely be a failed surgery. Thus, if your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough, a bone graft is necessary.
Types of Bone Grafts
There are four types of bone grafts that may be used. The first is an Autograft, which use the bone material from the same person getting the graft. This procedure is usually the most successful because it uses your own live cells and thus there is no immune reaction.
The next type is an Allograft, which is a procedure using donor bone from another person to strengthen the area needed for dental implantation.
In addition, a Xenograft is a procedure that takes tissue from a donor of another species (i.e., an animal) to rebuild the area needed for dental implantation. Finally, an Alloplast involves using synthetic material, not from a human or animal, to strengthen the area needed for the dental implant.
The Allograft, Xenograft, and Alloplast are typically used to avoid a secondary surgery to harvest bone material. Each case is different and deciding which of these to use will depend on your dental health and what procedure is most likely to be successful based on your individual case.
If you have any questions about dental grafts or dental implant procedures, reach out to us so that we can make sure you have all of the information you need. We want to ease your mind about what will happen during the procedure.