Types of Bones You Can Use if You Need a Bone Graft in Your Jaw
Posted on 9/7/2020 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
There are many reasons as to why a dental patient might need to have a bone graft performed. Sometimes it is to prepare for a dental implant or other oral health procedure. Other times it is simply to reinforce the area and offer more support and stability for existing teeth. Regardless of the particular reasons, suitable material will need to be harvested from other areas to perform the surgery. It may be necessary as a result of trauma, gum disease, a tooth that has been missing for a long time, or even developmental defects in younger patients. Here are some of the best options for this type of grafting:
Chin and Jaw Region
The mandibular symphysis and anterior mandibular ramus are both jaw and chin-area bones which are highly compatible and work well for patients undergoing bone graft procedures. And since the harvesting takes place in the same general region as the graft itself, it can make healing and recovery a more inclusive process.
Hip and Pelvic Region
When the aforementioned donor candidates aren't viable choices, the next most common option is the iliac crest in the pelvis. This bone is also highly suitable for dental grafts and works just as well to offer stability and structure to the part of the jaw in which it is attached to, paving the way for whatever form of oral health treatment that is to follow.
To find out more about how bone grafting might help you with your individual oral health needs, come by and speak with one of our knowledgeable dental experts here at our office. You can also give us a call to set up a time to stop in if it is more convenient for you."