A bone graft is essentially the transfer of bone material from one location or source to another. We think of bone as a hard accumulation of minerals, but in reality, it’s quite malleable, and like other parts of your body, you are constantly producing new bone cells. When a segment of bone is grafted onto an area, your body begins to generate bone cells around the new addition, building and reinforcing the bone where you need it.
There are several uses for bone grafts in dentistry. One of the most common applications is to prevent bone loss when a patient has lost a tooth – your jawbone requires constant stimulation from a tooth, and if that tooth is missing, the bone can begin to degenerate, and bone grafts can prevent this process.
Bone grafts can also be used to augment an area without enough bone to facilitate a procedure. For example, dental implants need a healthy amount of bone to cement into place, and a bone graft makes it possible to execute the procedure.
Another use for bone grafts are sinus lifts. This procedure is used if you have lost molars on the upper row of teeth. Without the teeth there, your sinus can begin to reach downward, pushing into the area where the teeth used to be. Bone grafts help prevent this process and maintain your sinus to a normal and healthy state.
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