Are there different types of bone grafting procedures?

What is dental bone grafting?


A dental bone grafting procedure provides volume and structure to your jaw in spots where bone loss has occurred. There are different bone grafting procedures, each depending on your specific case. The bone graft material comes from your own body (autogenous), or it can be a synthetic bone (allograft) or an animal bone (xenograft). In most cases, the bone transplant material is synthetic (alloplastic).


Dental bone grafts can improve your chances of receiving dental implants and other restorative procedures. This surgery returns your jaw to its natural shape.


Why is bone grafting performed?


In this procedure, your oral surgeon grafts an artificial bone in the jaw that needs extra support. Several other reasons for bone grafting include:


  • Gum infections.
  • Loss of one or more teeth in adults.
  • For dental implant procedures


Types of bone grafting procedures


There are four main types, including:


  • Socket preservation


This form of graft, also known as ridge preservation, is inserted in the socket immediately following tooth extraction. It covers the gap created by the lost tooth and keeps the edges of the socket from falling back in.


  • Ridge augmentation


If you have missing teeth, your jawbone may be weaker than it was previously. Ridge augmentation broadens and expands the jawbone, providing a solid foundation for implants or other restoration procedures.


  • Bone grafting for sinus lift


The sinuses are located directly above the upper back teeth. If you have missing upper back teeth, the sinuses can drop and enter the area of the dental roots. Implants would be inappropriate in this situation because they would penetrate the sinus membrane. Your dental surgeon or periodontist can perform a sinus lift to resolve this issue. This treatment returns the sinus to its usual spot. Your oral surgeons will insert a dental bone graft underneath the sinus, providing a stable basis for future dental implants.


  • Periodontal bone graft


Gum disease infection can destroy the bone that supports the teeth, resulting in loose teeth. To avoid the teeth' mobility and offer additional support, your oral surgeon inserts a periodontal bone graft around an existing tooth.




Bone grafting is a surgical treatment aimed at attaching a bone from elsewhere to the jawbone to provide extra support to the weak jawbone or eliminate the risks associated with an unhealthy jawbone. Like all other surgeries, bone grafting carries its ratio of risk and reward and strictly varies from person to person how the procedure turns out.


Contact your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Lafayette Dental Group, to know more about bone grafting procedures.




Benefits of Bone Grafting


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