Bone Grafting At Alaska Center For Oral + Facial Surgery
Bone grafting is a surgical skill and should be performed by a skilled surgeon for optimal and effective facial surgery treatment outcomes. Bone grafting is often times most beneficial and cost-effective when done at the time of a tooth extraction. Conversely — if it is not done at the time of extraction and should have been, it can become a much more difficult, costly, and a time-consuming process for patients. If a patient is going to have a tooth extracted and desires an implant — it is often best to seek consultation with a surgeon prior to having that tooth extracted, to ensure the best possible outcome.
Get the best optimal outcome at AOFS with our oral surgeons who specialize in bone grafting.
Bone grafting is sometimes necessary to restore areas of decreased bone beneath the gums due to tooth loss from cavities, gum disease, injury, and tumors. Bone grafting makes it possible for dental implants to be placed in patients who would otherwise have too little bone to hold an implant.
In some cases, with missing upper teeth, your surgeon may recommend that you receive sinus lift grafting prior to placement of dental implants to assure that the implant has enough room to fit below your nasal cavity. The bone used for bone grafting can be obtained from:
- the patient’s own body (autograft)
- another human (allograft)
- an animal (xenograft)
For most clinical applications, in preparation for implant placement, allograft and xenograft are ideal graft materials, eliminating the need to borrow the patient’s own bone.