The jaw bone can lose mass and become damaged from disease and tooth loss. Part of the restorative process may require a bone graft to bulk up the area and add fullness to your face. Dr. Jutkowitz can perform a simple bone graft to induce growth and provide the structure that your jaw needs.
What Is A Bone Graft?
When a patient suffers from chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, bone loss can occur. Additionally, bone loss can occur following the loss of a tooth. We can rebuild and bulk up the bone from a bone graft.
A bone graft is using tiny fragments of bone to induce a growth response of bone. We do this by using bone from one of three main sources, the patient’s own bone, donated bone or synthetic bone. Once placed, this new bone material sparks a growth response from your natural bone and it will renew and refresh the bone in that location.
Bone grafting, allows us to not only replace bone where it is missing but the ability to promote new bone growth in that location. With new bone, we can now proceed in the restoration process which may include orthodontics, the placement of a prosthetic, or the surgical implantation of dental implants, restoring a patient’s functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Types of Bone Graft Material
Bone grafts include the use of bone material, this can come for a few different sources including:
Autogenous Bone Graft:
An autogenous bone graft, sometimes called an autograft, refers to the patient's own bone. Before placement, we take bone from somewhere else in the body, most typically the chin. Autogenous bone grafts can be quite advantageous because the material is live bone, meaning it contains living cellular elements that enhance bone growth.
Allogeneic Bone Graft:
Allogeneic bone, sometimes called an allograft, is donated bone from other surgeries, which is cleaned and processed through a freeze-dry method. Unlike autogenous bone, allogeneic bone cannot produce new bone on it's own. We use it to be a framework or scaffold over which bone from the surrounding bony walls can grow to fill the defect or void.
Xenogenic Bone Graft:
Xenogenic bone is harvested bone material from another species, usually cow. The bone is processed at very high temperatures to avoid the potential for immune rejection and contamination. Similar to allogeneic grafts, xenogenic grafts will not produce new bone, but will serve as a framework for bone from the surrounding area to grow and fill the void.
Synthetic Bone Graft
Besides real bone, many synthetic bone materials have shown proven success, including:
Once the bone has increased, adding bulk, we can then proceed with the next stage in restoration. This may include an orthodontic framework, a prosthetic, or the placement of a dental implant.
For more information on bone grafts, how they are placed and how they can benefit you, contact Dr. Jutkowitz today!
Roslyn Heights70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
Phone: (516) 740-1848 ❘
Manhattan133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
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