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Bone Grafting


Bone grafting, or bone augmentation, is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with either material from the patient’s own body, with a natural substitute from a tissue bank or with a synthetic graft. Bone grafting is used to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly.

Bone grafting is most commonly used in combination with dental implants, in order to replace missing teeth. Dental implants require bone for support and proper integration into the mouth. People who have been edentulous (without teeth) for a prolonged period may not have enough bone left in the necessary locations. In such cases, bone can be obtained or harvested from the chin or from the iliac crest of the pelvis and inserted into the jaw bone at the future implant site.

In general, bone grafts are either used en block (such as from the chin or the ascending ramus area of the lower jaw) or particulate, in order for the graft to be adapted to the defect.

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