Bone Grafting, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636
Modern advances make it possible to preserve and rebuild bone in dentistry. Bone in the jaws can be lost due to infection, trauma, loss of teeth, lack of use, and pathological conditions.

Why would I need a Bone Graft?

There are different reasons for needing a bone graft. Common reasons include the following:

  • To preserve existing bone and prevent bone defects
  • To rebuild lost bone
  • Augmentation of the maxillary sinus (sinus elevation procedure)

When is Bone Grafting used?

  • When a tooth is extracted
  • When infection has caused bone loss and bone damage
  • When trauma has caused bone loss and bone damage
  • To preserve or build a foundation of bone to place dental implants
  • To preserve or build a foundation of bone for the placement of a fixed bridge

Where do you get the bone for bone grafting?

In most cases we use human bone because nothing works as good as human bone. The bone is donated to a bone bank just like someone donates their heart or kidney. The bone does not contain blood. Only the white mineralized hard part of the bone is used. Modern processes allow the removal of blood and blood products and sterilization of the bone graft to ensure safety. Bone grafting has been used in medicine and dentistry for decades and has become more predictable than in previous years.

For patients who do not want to use human bone, synthetic alternatives are available but may be more costly in some cases.

How common is Bone Grafting?

To give you a better idea of how common bone grafting is, let's consider some well-known medical procedures. If you know someone who has had spinal fusion of the back or neck, joint replacement, broken bones, or other orthopedic procedures, chances are they had bone grafting performed.

Intravenous Sedation is available in our office for those patients who desire to be sedated. Patients who choose Intravenous Sedation report an excellent dental experience and do not remember the procedure.

Contact our office today at: (225) 291-3636
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Please see Dental Implants for more details about this procedure.
Please see Sedation for more details about this procedure.