Bone Grafting

Building a Solid Foundation for Lasting Dental Work

Successful dental work is often the result of the careful preparation performed by the dentist. We take immense pride in our work at Dental Specialists KC, and bone grafting is one of the sometimes necessary procedures our talented surgeons complete here in our office to ensure long-lasting outcomes and healthy smiles.
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Jawbones and Teeth Roots Work Together

A solid and robust jawbone is necessary for teeth roots to take hold and provide stability for chewing and speaking. The roots are also an essential component to ensure jawbones remain healthy. Without one, the other can’t thrive. For this reason, some patients needing an implant might also require bone grafting. There are four different grafting methods.


This type of bone graft is completed using bone from another area of the patient's body, such as the chin, hip, or back of the jaw. This method is preferred as it significantly reduces the chance of the body rejecting the graft because it is the person's own bone. It also contains bone-growing cells that encourage healing.


Using bone from a deceased donor is a common medical practice, and in bone grafting, it is called an allograft. Steps are taken to thoroughly clean and sanitize the bone to reduce the risk of bacteria and infection. A benefit of an allograft is the patient only has to undergo one procedure for bone grafting, unlike an autograft, which requires two.
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When there is a limited amount of donor bone available, xenografts can be substituted, which uses bone from an animal, typically a pig or cow. Similar to bone in an allograft, xenograft bone is carefully cleaned and sanitized to reduce disease or bacteria transmission. This method is less common but helps when donor material is low.


With modern technology and materials, it’s no surprise that synthetic options are available for bone grafting. These alloplasts are manufactured using calcium phosphate or calcium sulfate to create a bone-like product. When time is critical and limited donor bone is available, this is a reliable option.

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