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What is Bone Grafting?
Posted on 2/22/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
Bone grafts are used in a wide variety of medical procedures including several in dental health. When patients have problems with their temporomandibular joint, which is also called the TMJ, they can experience pain and soreness while biting or chewing. This can cause their jaw to misalign and create even more problems. Bone grafts can provide a solution to this problem.
Bone Graft Details
A bone graft involves taking bone tissue from a section of the body and then applying it to another location in need of treatment. It then bonds with a bone structure to solidify and repair the tissue in need. In some cases, if there is no viable tissue found in the patient's body a donor's tissue can be used. If no suitable donor can be located, then cadaver tissue can be taken from a tissue bank and used instead.
There are different types of bone grafts. The first type is known as an autograft. This involves harvesting the bone tissue from the patient to apply to the area in need of treatment. The second type is known as an allograft which takes tissue from a cadaver donor.
Bone Graft Uses
When patients are considering implants there are several different requirements that need to be met before they can be approved for the procedure. One of those requirements is a minimum amount of bone mass. If the patient does not have the adequate bone mass to support the implants, then bone grafts can be used to rebuild the bone tissue. Once this is done then the patient can go ahead and have the place of the implant.
Another very common use for bone grafts in the treatment of TMD. This is a temporomandibular disorder which means there are issues with the TMJ. This grafting tissue helps to repair the TMJ so it functions properly, and the symptoms of pain and discomfort can be lessened.
Bone grafts are very common in the field of dentistry. We are here to help you better understand the different types of bone grafts and their uses. You can give us a call for more information.