If you are planning to complete your smile with dental implants but your jaw bone is too weak to support your new teeth, our team of specialists may recommend a bone graft. A bone graft is a minor procedure designed to strengthen the jaw bone so that it can sufficiently support one or more dental implants.
During a bone graft, one of our oral surgeons will insert a type of bone grafting material underneath the surface of your gums, allowing your natural bone to integrate with the new material. Before performing a bone graft, we will help you decide which type of bone grafting material is best for you. There are several types of bone grafting material, and they have all been proven to be safe and effective. The most common types of bone grafts we offer include:
– Autograft: This type of graft takes bone from another area of your own body and places it into the jaw bone. Your oral surgeon may use bone from the pelvis, chin, jaw, hip, or shin. We typically take from the jaw. This involves two surgical sites.
– Xenograft: This type of graft uses bone from an animal (usually a cow), human-made materials, or a synthetic grafting material. This has been proven to be safe and there is no need to remove additional bone from the patient.
– Allograft: This type of graft uses bone from a deceased donor. The bone is processed through a tissue bank and laboratory to ensure its safety.
There are several other types of bone grafts that Dr. Johnsin, Dr. Westernoff, or Dr. Mardirosian may recommend for your treatment. If you have any questions or you would like to learn more, we invite you to contact Redondo Oral Surgery today at 310-375-0514 and talk with our team in Redondo Beach, California, today.