Our Springfield dentist may have recommended you receive a dental bone graft. Although it may seem like a scary undertaking, with today’s technology, bone grafting is a very routine and painless procedure we do in-house.
At Renken Dentistry in Springfield, IL, we use bone grafting to restore bone to its previous condition before being damaged by trauma, gum disease or tooth loss. We also use this restorative dental procedure after tooth removal to maintain the facial structure. In addition, bone grafting can help ensure optimal results with dental implants.
For us to place dental implants, we need an ample amount of good, strong bone. For a successful surgery, the jawbone must be as close as possible to its original size and position. This structure provides a stable framework that supports facial muscles and skin. If you lack sufficient facial bone, you will look older than your years.
In some cases, it is very necessary to perform a dental bone graft surgery. It is no longer necessary to harvest large amounts of bone from a patient’s body; now, we have access to xenografts, which is sterilized and processed from animal bone. Bovine material harvested from cows is commonly used for bone grafting.
The current method of using bone graft material derived from animal bone has proven to be effective for many years. The harvested organic compounds support surrounding tissues while the body begins to recognize the bone graft as an organic bone. In time, it is resorbed and replaced with your natural bone.