It may sound like an extreme medical surgery, but bone grafting is frequently used in oral surgery for procedures like dental implants, ridge expansion and nerve repositioning.
When a tooth is missing, over time, the jawbone surrounding the missing tooth atrophies or is reabsorbed into the jaw, leaving a weakened bone structure that is likely unsuitable for dental implants.
Now, rather than going without the function or aesthetics of a tooth (or teeth), patients can see Dr. Ramsey Fanous of Texas Oral Surgery Group for a bone graft prior to implants. The bone graft is designed to strengthen the existing bone and grow new bone to serve as a base for implants, repairing sites that are currently too weak to securely hold dental implants. The goal of a bone graft is to provide patients with adequate bone structure for a successful implant.
Depending on the amount of bone needed, bone will be obtained from a tissue bank or an artificial source. If major bone grafting is needed, often the case following a traumatic injury or a congenital defect, bone will be taken from the patient’s own body from sites like the jaw, hip or tibia. Typically, major bone graft procedures are performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.
Once the bone grafting procedure is completed, a day of bed rest is recommended, with limited physical activity for one week.
Dr. Fanous may supplement the bone graft procedure with platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), which research has shown to induce the formation of new bone in animals and humans. With the combination of bone grafting and BMP, bone has the ability to be grown more predictably and faster than ever before.
If you would like to know more about bone grafting, dental implants, or PRP and BMP, call Dr. Fanous at 972-471-9596 to arrange an appointment or visit the website at www.texasoralsurgerygroup.com.
Texas Oral Surgery Group
Plano, Allen, Denton, Decatur, Gainesville, Texas