Bone grafting can be used in a variety of different applications. If a patient’s jaw is injured as a result of trauma and they are experiencing discomfort while chewing or talking, a bone graft can help ease those symptoms. If you would like to know more details, feel free to contact our office at Mor Smiles to see if a bone graft can help your situation.
Bone Graft Uses
Most typically addressing problems with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) issues, a bone graft takes bone material from a healthy part of the body which is then placed to the affected injury site. The grafted bone adheres and becomes bonded which then helps the body to rebuild the lost bone material.
In some cases, bone grafts are used to anchor the dental implant more securely if there is minimal bone material to use. By having this option, it gives patients who would have previously not been able to receive implant treatments due to lack of bone structure the ability to do so. The graft may come from the patient’s own body or a donor. In some cases, it may come from a cadaver or even an equine. It has been found the equine bone structure is more durable than a human bone and yields positive results when used as grafting material.
When there is no organic bone material available, synthetic material can be used to stimulate new growth in the jawbones. This material is used as a base upon which bone can grow and increase overall mass.
Allograft vs. Autograft
The two most common bone grafts are known as allografts and autografts. While both are available, they are both used for different situations.
An allograft uses cadaver bone material as the graft. After the bone is sterilized it is stored in a bank available whenever needed.
The autograft is taken from living tissue found on the patient. Typically, the graft is taken from the hip, ribs, or pelvis. This is the most frequently used graft.
Each graft is dependent upon the needs of the patient. The most popular of the two types is the allograft. They have the lowest possibility of infection and patient rejection of the grafted tissue. It also takes less time to complete.
Who Needs a Bone Graft?
When patients have TMD or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) symptoms like discomfort while chewing or speaking, pain at the jaw site, inflammation in the area, have difficulty to completely open or close their mouth, or have a clicking sound when biting, they are definitely a candidate for a bone graft. It is typically used with additional techniques to complete the treatment. Grafts can be used to rebuild the bone material around the injured TMJ.
They can help improve bone growth whether brought on by infection or trauma. Patients typically do not fully understand what bone grafts can be used to treat. To avoid confusion, please contact us at Mor Smiles so we can go over the details with you. You can call our team of professionals at 223-258-5088 to schedule your appointment and get the discussion started.