The Importance of Choosing the Right Bone Graft and How it Will Affect the Long-term Success of Your Implant

Aloha family and friends,

Thank you for visiting our website and seeking critical information about a bone graft procedure your doctor has recommended. The better informed we are, the greater we understand the importance of making the right choices especially when it comes to our health.

SteinerBio bone graft products do not contain human or animal products and have been cleared by the FDA, unlike human cadaver bone grafts (allograft). Also, unlike allografts, our synthetic bone graft products safely regenerate bone tissue without causing allergic reactions, inflammatory reactions, or bone graft rejection.

Our bone graft products contain an organic compound that targets and enters your bone producing cells (osteoblasts) by turning on the process of bone formation (osteogenesis). Our bone graft products contain an organic compound that is essential in the role of bone formation and without it, natural bone will not form. The compounds in our bone graft materials exist in the body, but because our bodies lack adequate amounts of these compounds to regenerate new bone, your dentist needs to place the bone graft in the affected area in order to regenerate your bone back. Since the newly regenerated bone is new, it will be stronger, healthier, and more vital.

When placing the bone graft in the needed area, the calcium phosphate in our bone graft material works as a matrix for your own bone producing cells (osteoblasts) to migrate onto. As they encounter our proprietary organic compound, your osteoblasts absorb it through the cell membrane and process it. After processing the organic compound, the nucleus signals your DNA to start the process of bone formation from your own genetic information.

Your dentist is advising that he/she place a bone graft to maintain the shape of your jaw and keep your bone healthy. It is very important to follow the instructions your dentist gives you after you have received treatment.

If You Choose Not to Have a Bone Graft

When a tooth is removed, bone in the socket is exposed to the oral environment and is filled with bacteria. To prevent the bone from being infected, our bodies produce an inflammatory response. The extraction socket first fills with a fibrin clot that is gelatinous in consistency and filled with inflammatory cells the body brings to the area to fight infection. If infection is warded off, your gums will slowly grow over the fibrin clot and the clot is converted into a very dense fibrous tissue. This fibrous tissue is very slowly replaced with bone over a period of months.

However, because the bone was left exposed to heal on its own without the aid of a bone graft, the body reacts with an intense inflammatory reaction resulting in a significant amount of bone loss during the healing process. Due to the bone loss in the extracted area, the socket wall that once held the tooth in place collapses, resulting in a compromised facial appearance, poorly fitting appliances, and often an insufficient amount of bone to place a dental implant. This is what is expected in the normal healing of an extraction socket.

A physician or orthopedic surgeon would never leave a surgical wound exposed and untreated.  Doing an extraction and leaving the bone exposed to all the pathogens of the oral cavity is unacceptable by today’s standards.

Healing complications can also occur when an extracted site is left to heal on its own. A common complication is a dry socket. This is where the fibrin clot fails to stay in the socket during the healing and the socket becomes infected. This is a very painful condition requiring considerable time and treatment to resolve.

It is also very important to understand the type of bone graft that your doctor is recommending and why choosing a biocompatible bone graft that will not cause rejection, inflammation, or never go away will play a crucial role in the long-term success of your implants.

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions regarding our bone graft products.

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