January 24, 2019
If you’ve ever had teeth extracted, you’ve probably already experienced much of the negative side effects that generally accompany it. One of the most common side effects is bone resorption, which causes extensive changes in the way your jaw is shaped. It also affects your ability to chew certain foods.
If you’ve looked into the best treatments to resolve these issues, then you’ve probably run into dental implants. If it’s been a long time since your tooth (or teeth) were extracted, there’s no better time than now to discuss bone grafts with a holistic dentist. Here’s why.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a procedure typically done to promote regrowth of organic bone tissue. In the procedure itself, oral surgeons take a piece of bone either from another area of the body or from a donated source. After the bone is placed onto the diminished section of your bone, in this case your jaw, the material is given several months to heal and effectively integrate. Once enough time has passed, the area will be thicker and strong enough to hold certain prosthetics, such as dental implants.
While bone grafts are typically associated with dental implants, they may also be performed immediately following a tooth extraction. This is intended to prevent the alveolar bone inside the socket from resorbing. Deterioration starts as soon as teeth are removed, so oral surgeons may recommend a bone graft ahead of time in order to stay proactive.
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
In the case of dental implants, the jawbone needs to have a substantial amount of volume in order to accommodate a zirconium post. If the implant is placed but there isn’t enough bone for it to adhere properly, it can increase the risk of the implant failing. Both oral surgeons and dentists who are trained to place implants will always perform a thorough examination and X-rays to confirm your eligibility for dental implants.
Should I Consider PRF Bone Grafts?
If you’re considering a bone graft so you can receive dental implants, it’s worth it to review the benefits that the platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) technique has to offer. Platelet-rich fibrin is a clotting material that’s naturally resourced from your own blood. By using PRF in tandem with your bone graft, we can improve the body’s healing abilities as well as the natural regrowth of bone and soft tissue.
Since platelets are cell fragments found in blood, they can naturally increase the speed of healing and growth of natural tissues. These tissues include supportive alveolar bone and gums, two areas essential for successful implantation.
Whether you need to have dental implants placed or you simply want to promote faster healing after a tooth is extracted, PRF bone grafts are worth taking a closer look at. Schedule an appointment with a holistic dentist to ensure you’re getting the most effective and natural treatments possible!
About the Author
Dr. William Langston earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. He offers PRF bone grafts at his practice in order to give patients a more natural option for promoting bone and soft tissue growth. To learn more about his expertise in holistic dentistry as well as other dental fields, you can contact him through his website.
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