What is a Bone Graft?
Every Mini Dental Implant Patient asks the same question- What in the WORLD is Bone graft?! I decided the best way to answer the question, was to let the professionals do it for me. Thanks to the combined articles by William Morrison, MD of Healthline & Dr. Katelynne Shepard who writes the Dental Implant articles on Colegate, you are about to find out.
p.s. I included a video at the bottom. you're welcome.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix problems with bones or joints.
Bone grafting, or transplanting of bone tissue, is beneficial in fixing bones that are damaged from trauma or problem joints. It’s also useful for growing bone around an implanted device, such as a total knee replacement where there is bone loss or a fracture. The bone used in a bone graft can come from your body or a donor, or it can be entirely synthetic. It can provide a framework where new, living bone can grow if it’s accepted by the body. A bone graft may fill an area where bone is absent or help provide structural stability. In our world, a bone graft is used for Mini Dental Implants.
Types of bone grafts
The two most common types of bone grafts are:
allograft, which uses bone from a deceased donor or a cadaver that has been cleaned and stored in a tissue bankautograft, which comes from a bone inside your body, such as your ribs, hips, pelvis, or wrist
The type of graft used depends on the type of injury your surgeon is repairing.
Allografts are commonly used in hip, knee, or long bone reconstruction. Long bones include arms and legs. The advantage is there’s no additional surgery needed to acquire the bone. It also lowers your risk of infection since additional incisions or surgery aren’t required.
Allograft bone transplant involves bone that has no living cells so that the risk of rejection is minimal as opposed to organ transplants, in which living cells are present. Since the transplanted bone doesn’t contain living marrow, there is no need to match blood types between the donor and the recipient.