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Posted on 3/20/2018 by Dr. Michael Allard
|Bone grafting is a procedure that has been in practice for more than 100 years. The first successful bone grafting surgery was done in the early 19th century.
The kind of bone grafting surgery that was performed decades ago took a long time to complete and the risks of the patient developing complications were high.
Recent scientific advancements have allowed scientists to come up with procedures that are safer and take less time. Dentists are now using both organic and synthetic materials for their grafting procedures.
Surgeons are now using synthetic materials for bone grafting rather than use organic bone, which reduces the risk of infection and complication. The surgeon may choose to use a synthetic material with a structure that mimics that of the human bone.
Since live bone material does not have to be extracted from the body, the procedure is less intrusive and is much more comfortable for the patient. In recent times, growth factors are incorporated into the bone graft to facilitate the healing process making recovery shorter and easier.
Maintain the Shape of the FaceWhen your jawbone deteriorates, it can change the shape of the face. Dental bone grafting can be used to correct the repair the deteriorating jawbone even if the patient does not need an implant. People who use dentures can benefit from this procedure.
A stronger jawbone can support your dentures better and improve your ability to chew food and talk comfortably. Bone grafting helps to improve the structure of your bone and make dental procedures easier and less distressing for the patient.
Risks and Complications
Every procedure has risks and complications. Luckily, the process has been fine tuned over the years to minimize risks for the patient. One disadvantage is that it could raise costs of dental implant procedures.
However, they help to reduce the risk of complications and ensures your dental implant remains in place for years to come. Contact us today for more information on dental implants, bone grafting, or any other dental procedure.