A bone graft is performed if the jaw bone does not possess adequate thickness or strength to support a dental implant. In most cases, patients need only a small piece of bone to repair the jaw. Once the graft is completed, it will take several weeks to a few months for the new piece of bone to grow into the existing jaw enough to support an implant.
There are several types of bone grafts that Dr. Mann may use, they include:
- Autograft: A type of transplant where bone is taken from another part of the jaws or body and moved to the site to be repaired. In most cases, the bone graft will come from a thicker part of the patient's jaw.
- Allograft:A type of transplant where the bone is taken from a human donor. The cells and proteins are treated to ensure no contamination, and the structure of the bone remains only to allow your own bone to replace it with time.
- Xenograft: A type of transplant where the bone is taken from a cow or other species of animal. It is also treated in the same way as allograft to remove contaminants. It is generally used in conjunction with other types of grafts.
- Growth Factors: Molecules and proteins that stimulate your body to re-grow your own bone. Examples include BMP (Infuse), Emdogain (EMD), GEM21 (platelet-derived growth factor).
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