Why do I need a bone graft before getting dental implants?
When you lose teeth, because of the loss of function of that bone, it tends to absorb away. For example, if you have worn dentures for many years, your jaw has likely deteriorated. When we take a tooth / teeth out, we almost always put artificial bone graft material back in the sockets so that bone isn’t lost and new bone will grow. Then, at some point we will hopefully do dental implants to replace those missing teeth.
Bone grafting material can be an artificial material (from a calcium substance), but we prefer to use human donors. These donors are well-screened for any diseases (they are people who are donating their organs to other people). The nice thing about bone grafting material from human donors is that because it is a hard material it can be sterilized. So, when we get it there is no chance for any transmission of disease. Another nice thing about using human bone graft material is that it readily turns into your own bone once it’s implanted into your body.
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