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Dr. Ingalls Discusses Bone Grafting


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Dr. Ingalls discusses the bone grafting procedure, different applications it can be used for, and candidacy for the different types of grafting.

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Dr. Ingalls: We talk about bone grafting, there are some minor procedures that we do and major procedures. First the minor procedures. When a tooth is removed, we'll often recommend a socket preservation technique where it's called a socket graft, here in the office, and as the tooth comes out and the socket is debrided and cleaned up, we'll put a bone filler that will mainly be a calcium and phosphate type material that acts as a matrix and a support for the inside of that socket for tissue to grow over to maximize the density of the bone and healing time. When we do our initial evaluation, we find that the patient doesn't have sufficient bond either in quality or quantity or width or height of bone to do dental implants. In those cases, we'll do a more major grafting and/or different techniques to make that foundation for the implant to go in better. And in some more severe cases, we've gone in and had to completely reconstruct jaws that had been lost due to disease or trauma with bone grafts say from the hip and we have a new kind of revolution in the industry to do bone morphogenic proteins that actually stimulate patients own cells to start generating bone. So we have a variety of techniques, that if you've been told in the past that you can not get dental implants, because you don't have bone, that we have both simple and more complex procedures that we can do to rebuild the bone so that we can start the foundation with the dental implants.

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