Types of Bone Grafts
Dr. Turner may use one of several techniques to perform a bone graft. Autogenous grafts source bone tissue from a donor site within the patient’s own body. Allogenic grafts use bone tissue harvested from a cadaver. Xenogeneic grafts are performed using bone tissue from an animal, typically bovine. Autografts are especially effective for promoting bone tissue regeneration.
Bone grafts are also utilized when ridge preservation, ridge augmentation, or a sinus lift are indicated. Ridge preservation occurs when bone tissue is added to the socket of a recently extracted tooth to maintain structure and function within the area. If bone loss has already occurred, ridge augmentation procedures can be performed to add thickness, density, and structure to any areas in deficit. Dr. Turner may recommend a sinus lift procedure if there is significant bone loss in the upper molar regions that would prevent proper placement of dental implants.