Bone Grafts

Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon & Facial Cosmetic Surgeons located in The Woodlands, TX

Bone grafts might sound unusual, but in reality, they could restore your jaw’s strength or even save a tooth. At Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands, Oscar Muñiz, DMD, MD, provides bone graft surgery to optimize implant placement and help rebuild the bones within your mouth. Call the office in The Woodlands, Texas, or book your consultation online to find out if a bone graft is necessary for your next dental procedure.

Bone Grafts Q & A

What are bone grafts?

Bone grafts are processed bone minerals that your dentist adds to the bones in your mouth that need more structural support. With bone grafting, Dr. Muñiz can rebuild bone that has worn away or add support for new false teeth. 

During a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Muñiz makes an incision in your gums and adds the grafting material to the exposed bone. Grafting materials come in the form of putty, gel, or powder that is easy to apply or inject. 

You’re sedated for the procedure, so it isn’t painful. After a short period of recovery, your body grows new bone around the graft, replacing the grafting material with your own bone cells over several months.

At Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands, bone grafts are performed by board-certified, dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

When are bone grafts necessary for dental work?

Dr. Muñiz may recommend a bone graft for several purposes. You may need a bone graft to:

  • Add support for dental implants
  • Replace some bone structure after a tooth extraction
  • Restore bone after loss from gum disease
  • Rebuild a tooth after a fracture

Bone grafts can help prevent a tooth from falling out because of damage to the surrounding bone. If Dr. Muñiz finds that a bone graft is necessary, he helps you choose the appropriate type. 

Where do bone grafts come from?

There are several types of bone grafts that differ in the source of their materials. Dr. Muñiz can detail the advantages and disadvantages of each of them to you to help decide which to use. The types are:

Autogenous

An autogenous, also known as an autograft, is a bone graft that comes from your own body. Typically, the bone comes from the back of your jaw, chin lower leg bone, hip, or skull. These grafts are advantageous in that they contain living cellular elements that enhance bone growth.

Allogenic

Allogenic, or allograft, bone grafts come from a human donor. The bone material is thoroughly sterilized and treated before it is placed in your mouth.

Xenogenic

A xenogenic bone graft comes from a nonhuman animal donor. Most often, these grafts come from cows. 

Allogenic and xenogenic bone grafts do not require a second procedure to harvest your bone, but bone regeneration may take longer than autografts.

Some bone graft substitutes include: 

  • Demineralized bone matrix/demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft
  • Graft composites
  • Bone morphogenetic proteins

Request your bone grafting consultation by phone or online at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands today.