Bone Grafting

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure that uses a small amount of bone or a synthetic material to restore an area of the jawbone that has been affected by bone loss sometimes caused by missing teeth. Bone grafting can also be used to maintain the structure of the jaw after tooth extractions. Dr. John Shoemaker offers expert bone grafting services at his Sherman, TX dentistry practice. Certain dental procedures such as dental implants require adequate levels of bone exist in order to achieve optimal results and best possible outcomes for treatment. Missing teeth can cause facial structures and supporting tissues to look prematurely aged if they begin to atrophy. Bone grafting can help to keep jawbones and facial structures healthy after extractions and can also help ensure the best results for dental implant procedures.

How does bone grafting work?

Our bodies are constantly maintaining themselves with specialized blood cells that flow through the various tissues of the body and remove damaged cells so that new healthy cells can replace them. Bone grafting provides a framework for these cells to start rebuilding lost bone tissue in the affected area. Over time, the bone structure in the treated area will have the capability of supporting a restoration like a dental implant.

Cross-section of a jaw that has lost volume following tooth loss.
The patient’s cells migrate into the allograft material and remodel it into new bone. Over time host bone will remodel to replace the allograft.
Restored jaw now has adequate room for placement of a dental implant to replace the missing tooth.

Where does bone grafting material come from?

Bone grafting material comes from one of several sources and each with their own inherent advantages and disadvantages. Autograft bone is material that is taken from another area of the patient’s own body which is then transplanted to the area to be treated. Autograft is a great grafting material because it contains the patient’s own cells and tissue. Some potential drawbacks of autograft is that sometimes they require another separate procedure and that it may sometimes be difficult to find enough harvestable bone material for a successful grafting procedure. Allograft material is donor bone tissue that has been processed to be safe and to improve certain handling characteristics. Allograft bone has been clinically proven to be safe and effective in bone grafting procedures and has an excellent record of safety. Using allograft bone is advantageous because it is readily available and only requires one surgical procedure. Dr. Shoemaker uses allograft bone processed by Osteotech, Inc., the leading supplier of allograft bone to dental and other medical industries. Processing of Osteotech materials are done in strict accordance of regulations and guidelines set forth by the American Association of Tissue banks (AATB) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Contact Dr. John Shoemaker for Bone Grafting in Sherman, TX

If you are a candidate for dental implants but you don’t have sufficient jawbone structure to support your restoration, then bone grafting may be an appropriate treatment for you. Bone grafting can help to properly prepare your jawbone for a successful dental implants treatment by Dr. Shoemaker at his Sherman, TX dental practice. If you would like to learn more about bone grafting or you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shoemaker, then contact our office today!