Dental Bone Graft


What does your dentist mean when he says a Bone Graft is necessary to place your dental implants?

When looking to have a dental implant placed, the success is typically determined by the amount of available bone in the designated area of the implant. The mass of bone in a certain area can easily be affected and it has actually become rather common that upon opening the area for the implant, it is determined that there not enough bone to support the restoration. Fortunately, procedures which are now available from Dr. Maxine Moncrieffe & Dr Marcella Guzman at Making Orlando Smile – Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry can be taken to increase the height and width of the bone structure in order for any implant to be a sure success.

Dental bone grafting is a technique that is now employed by Dr. Maxine Moncrieffe & Dr Guzman in their clinic in order to ensure the success of a dental implant. Most dentists will be educated and savvy to whether or not a patient will need the bone graft and if the patient is equally educated on the topic, there shouldn’t be any roadblocks along the way.

Types of Bone Grafting:

Bone grafts can be done in a variety of ways from the simple technique of collecting and reusing bone for the specific area of the implant. This is the method most often employed because the most success has always been achieved through using the patient’s own bones. Alternately, bones can also be collected from areas such as the hip. For other cases, it is also possible to use bones that have been taken from alternate sources, known as “bone in a bottle”, for the bone grafts. Synthetic materials and even the patient’s blood can always be used to stimulate and encourage the forming of bone in the specific area.

It is common for dentists to perform the bone grafting procedure alongside the Barrier Membrane Technique which uses a special membrane that is placed on top of the bone graft areas so that unwanted cells can be kept out of the area. Certain tools such as tacks may be used to ensure the proper placement of the membranes.

In the genetic make-up of every individual, there are certain spots which are called sinuses that can affect the placement of a dental implant. In cases like these, bone grafting is also done in that area so that an implant can be safely placed in the area. There is no need to worry as the sinuses that are affected are only the maxillary sinuses which lay above the molars.