Your jaw bone does more than make your face look strong. It also is an integral piece of the overall health of your teeth and gums. The teeth are connected via your gums, which are connected via your jaw bone. When this bone starts to deteriorate, your teeth may become loose or even fall out. No one wants this to happen, but sometimes it does. When bone loss becomes an issue, your dentist may suggest that you get bone grafting, which can enable you to either save the teeth you have to receive restoration treatments.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a technique where a piece of bone from someplace else is surgically applied to another area that needs more bone. Then the bone is accepted and grows so that more bone is grown in the area that lacked it in the first place.
Where Does the Grafted Bone Come From?
Grafted bone can come from a variety of sources. For dental purposes, the bone may come from another human or it can come from bovine. The vast majority of grafted bone does come from bovine. If you are going to undergo bone grafting, you can talk to your dentist about the source. If you have a preference, you can express that to your dentist so that they can source the bone according to your wishes.
Is Bone Grafting Safe?
Bone grafting has been done in the dentist’s offices for decades. It has been rigorously tested by agencies and determined to be completely safe. There are little to no side effects from bone grafting, and you can be sure that you will suffer no ill side effects. If you have questions about the safety of bone grafting, you can talk to your dentist.
Bone grafting has been known to save people’s dignity and teeth regarding oral health. It’s often a confusing topic, but it’s something that your dentist is highly familiar with. If you have any questions about the safety of bone grafting or how it can help you save your original teeth, please contact your dentist today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have.