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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a procedure used in oral, facial, and cranial surgery to repair and rebuild bone in the jaw, face, and skull. At Pensacola Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Wallender and his experienced team specialize in bone grafting procedures, providing patients with a safe and effective solution for restoring lost bone tissue.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone from one area of the body and using it to repair or rebuild bone in another area. In oral and facial surgery, bone grafting is often used to restore bone tissue that has been lost due to injury, disease, or tooth loss. The bone used in the graft can come from a variety of sources, including the patient’s own body, a donor, or a synthetic material.

Types of Bone Grafts

There are several types of bone grafts used in oral, facial, and cranial surgery, including:

● Autogenous Bone Grafts: This type of graft involves taking bone from another part of the patient’s body, such as the hip or the jaw, and using it to repair the damaged area.

● Allografts: Allografts involve using bone from a donor to repair or rebuild bone tissue in the patient.

● Xenografts: Xenografts use bone tissue from an animal, such as a cow or a pig, to replace lost bone tissue in the patient.

● Synthetic Bone Grafts: Synthetic bone grafts are made from materials such as calcium phosphate or hydroxyapatite and are designed to mimic the structure of natural bone tissue.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting offers several benefits for patients undergoing oral, facial, or cranial surgery. It can help to restore lost bone tissue, providing support and stability for dental implants, dentures, or other prosthetic devices. Bone grafting can also help to improve the aesthetic appearance of the face by restoring lost bone tissue and improving facial contours.

Bone Grafting Procedure

The bone grafting procedure typically involves several steps. First, Dr. Wallender will make an incision to expose and harvest the bone. Next, the bone graft material will be placed into the area that needs repair or rebuilding. The surgeon may use screws or other devices to hold the graft in place while it heals.

Recovery and Results

After the bone grafting procedure, patients may experience some swelling, discomfort, or bruising in the treated area. Pain medication and ice packs can help to alleviate these symptoms. Patients may need to follow a special diet for several weeks to allow the graft to heal.

Over time, the bone graft material will fuse with the patient’s natural bone tissue, creating a strong and stable foundation for further facial craniofacial growth, dental implants, dentures, or other prosthetic devices. Patients can expect to see gradual improvements in the appearance and function of the treated area over the course of several months.

If you are considering bone grafting for oral, facial, or cranial surgery, contact Pensacola Oral and Facial Surgery today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Wallender will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals. With our state- of-the-art facilities and advanced surgical techniques, we can help you achieve the best possible results.