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