In dentistry, bone grafting is typically performed to increase bone mass underneath the gums in order to place an implant screw in a patient’s jaw. Over time, the bone graft fuses to the implant (osseointegration).
The reason this procedure is done is because without enough bone, the implant will be unstable due to a lack of support. For example, someone who has been without teeth for an extended period of time will experience a loss of bone in their gums. If they decide to get an implant and crown, they will have to undergo a bone graft procedure.
Depending on your situation, bone grafts may be placed at the same time as an implant, or before the implant. Our dentists will provide you details on a timeline that optimizes the healing and effectiveness of the graft.
Types of Bone Grafts
At Holland Cross Dental Centre, we offer different bone grafting options:
- Allograft: This is a graft that uses donated bone from a genetically similar organism (human bone). It has been cleaned, prepared and stored in a tissue bank.
- Xenograft: This graft uses bone from a genetically dissimilar organism to humans (animal bone).