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Dental Bone Graft


Usually dental bone grafts are done if there is bone missing in the jaw or there bone mass is low in height or width. A dental bone graft is deemed as a necessity when the jaw bone does not have sufficient bone to support and stabilize the dental implants. Usually the bone mass in the jaw can get reduced in height or width due to missing teeth, trauma to the bone, periodontal disease or it could also be genetic in nature.

Typically for dental bone grafts, three types of materials are used. One is autograft wherein the bone is taken from the patient's own mouth. Here the doctor harvests, and then introduces it into the area where the bone graft is required. The second type of bone graft is known as an allograft where synthetic bone is used after it is mixed with the patient's blood to promote bone growth. And the last type of bone graft is the xenograft where a bone is taken from a cow and used to promote bone growth in the required area of the jaw.

The dentist will wait for around 6 to 12 months before placing the dental implants. This time is necessary to ensure that the entire healing process is complete.

How Painful Are Dental Bone Grafts ?

Dental bone grafts are done using local anesthesia. It is a surgical procedure and is usually done in the dentist's office. Although during the procedure itself you will not feel any pain because of the anesthesia, after the procedure there will be pain once the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

After the dental bone graft procedure, you will experience swelling and some mild to moderate pain in surgical site. The doctor will give you analgesics and painkillers to help with the swelling and pain. You could also be given antibiotics to prevent onset of infection.

So, though it is a surgical procedure to introduce the bone graft, you will not experience any pain or discomfort. It is during the post-operative time that you will suffer from discomfort for a few days. In the worst case scenario, you can have an infection, which can be quite painful, or the bone graft will not integrate with the existing bone, which again can cause pain. However, these instances are very rare as dentists ensure that the surgical site is clean before the graft is introduced. In addition, if the bone graft is from your own body, there is no question of rejection.

Bone Grafts Risk

Just like any other surgical procedure requiring anesthesia, there are certain risks involved even with bone grafts. However, it must be said that based on research, 85 percent of patients requiring bone grafts return to normal life, while 25 percent patients need an additional operation due to the bone graft not healing properly.

Bone grafts can be autografts or allografts. Autograft is when the bone is taken from the patients own body, while allograft is when the bone is taken from a deceased donor. Here are the bone graft risks associated with autograft and allograft.

Autograft Risks and Drawbacks:

  • The patient needs to be kept under anesthesia for a longer duration of time in order to get the bone from his or her body for the procedure. This can cause problems.
  • The patient will have pain in the site from where the bone was taken, and there is an added risk of infection.
  • The amount of bone taken for the graft procedure is usually very small and may not be sufficient for entire region that needs a bone graft.
  • Infection can set in the bone graft region, and at times this can last for up to 2 years.

With autograft, the chances of rejection are not there but the above mentioned drawbacks and risks are always a cause of concern.

Allograft Risks and Drawbacks:

  • he bone from the donor takes a longer time to fuse with the patient's bone making the recovery period quite long.
  • There is a risk of transferring diseases from the donor to the patient.
  • The patient's immune system may attack the grafted bone and the body may reject it.

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