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Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting in Buffalo, New York is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient's own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute.  Bone grafting is oftentimes performed to reverse the bone loss / destruction caused by periodontal disease, trauma, or ill-fitting removable dentures. This treatment is also frequently used to augment bone to permit future implant placement, such as augmenting bone in the sinus area for implant placement, or augmenting bone to enhance the fit and comfort of removable prostheses, or to enhance esthetics of a missing tooth site in the smile zone.

When one loses a tooth, as in an extraction, the surrounding bone collapses. To preserve this bone for future implant placement or for esthetics, a bone graft is used. The reason for this is simple: the graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regenerate its own bone. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft material. This bone loss can be reversed. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

There are several types of bone grafting treatments in Buffalo:

  • Autograft - bone taken from one area of the patient and transplanted to another area of the same patient requiring such grafting. This can be done easily by removing bone from the hole made for the implant and using the particles.
  • Allograft - synthetic bone or bone from a bone bank (cadaver bone)
  • Xenograft - bovine /cow bone
  • Alloplast – a synthetic bone substitute like glass or calcium phosphate

Each is used depending on the individual patients needs. Autogenous bone is the "gold standard" and oftentimes has the most predictable results. This is the best type of graft because such bone is live bone with live active cellular elements that enhance bone growth.  Allografts and Xenografts are often used however because both do not require a second surgical site as does the autogenous bone, therefore ample amounts can be easily obtained. Dr. Ben uses minimally invasive approaches often using sterile allograft material instead of taking bone from a second site in the body.

Because we now have the ability to grow bone where needed, this gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality.

To learn more about the bone grafting procedure in Buffalo or to find out if it is right for you, visit Doctors Ben and Julia Oppenheimer today.