Improve the Health of Your Jaw with a Bone Graft
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.
Promoting Bone Growth From the Root Up
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 dental bone grafts 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 sterilized and then processed in a freeze-dried method. Allogenic bone grafts serve as a scaffold to guide healing of the jawbone.
- 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 growth factors.
- 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. Schedule a consultation at our practice to learn more about how bone grafting can help you.