Bone Grafting in St. Louis, MO
Promoting Bone Growth From the Root Up
With modern surgical advancements and innovative technology, dentists have
better solutions to protect and maintain oral health. Our oral surgeons
in St. Louis and St. Charles counties have experience in many
oral procedures, including bone grafting. Bone grafting is a surgery where missing bone
is replaced to allow for effective
dental implants. With our advanced oral technology and procedures, we can even promote
new bone growth in that location for optimal results.
When there are
missing teeth, jawbone atrophy can occur from lack of use. This limits bone growth and
can potentially make dental implants difficult. In the past, many resorted
to wearing dentures. However, at Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant
Surgery, we want individuals to be able to use their teeth the way they
were meant. Our skilled oral surgeons have extensive experience with bone
grafting procedures and can help you achieve the smile you've been missing.
- Types of Bone Grafts
Autogenous Bone Grafts – Also known as autograft, autogenous bone grafts involve taking
samples from your bones located elsewhere and using these samples to rebuild
the jawbone. Common harvest areas include the skull, hip, lower leg bone,
jaw, and chin. The advantages of such a procedure include increased bone
growth and the reduced chances of your body rejecting the bone, as it
comes from your own body.
Allogenic Bone – Allogenic bone (or allograft) is bone harvested from a cadaver.
The bone is then processed in a freeze-dry method to eliminate moisture.
Unlike autografts, allogenic bones do not promote natural bone growth
because the bone is dead. Rather, they serve as the framework for the
jawbone and teeth structure.
Xenogenic Bone – Xenogenic bone is extracted from another non-living species, like
a cow. The bone is processed at high temperatures to sterilize the bone
and reduce the risk of contamination and immune rejection. Xenogenic bone
does not promote natural bone growth either. However, it does not require
a second procedure such as the autograft.
Bone Graft Substitutes
In some cases, natural bone extractions and placements may not be an option
for patients. Our visionary oral surgeons in St. Louis are skilled at
using synthetic materials to mimic the effects of normal bone grafts.
- Here are common bone graft substitutes we use:
Graft Composites –Graft composites mix together materials such as collage / ceramic
composite, bone marrow cells, and more to provide stability and generate
Demineralized Bone Matrix (DMB) / Demineralized Freeze-Dried Bone Allograft (DFDBRA) –This is extracted collagen, protein, and growth factors from allograft
bones to be used as a bone graft. It can take the form of putty, chips,
powder, or gel.
Bone Morphogenetic Proteins – Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are naturally produced in the
body. They regulate and promote bone healing and formation.
At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, our experienced oral
specialists understand the complexities of bone grafts and have a history
working with the different options available to our patients. You can
eliminate chronic mouth / tooth pain and regenerate bone growth with the
help of our highly experienced oral surgeons. Accepting patients all across
St. Charles County, South County, Lincoln County and Jefferson County.
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