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Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc

Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc is the dental surgeon at Wanstead Dental. More »

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Bone Block Grafting

What is Bone Block Grafting?

A bone block graft is a surgical procedure that uses the own patient’s existing bone material, from the chin or the lower jaw areas. This type of bone grafting is used in cases when severe jawbone deterioration has set in, and the bone has thinned out significantly – and will not be able to provide a secure base where the implants can be attached to. The bone graft will add to the existing jawbone, and improve the area so that implants can successfully be placed.

Bone block grafting is typically used for long-term denture users, or those who have suffered from tooth loss for a long period of time. In these cases, significant bone deterioration is common, and the jawbone quality will benefit from a block bone graft.

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Autogenous Bone Graft

An autogenous bone graft refers to the use of a grafting material that comes from the patient’s own body. The main advantage of this grafting material is the significantly reduced risk rejection since the material came from the same source (the patient’s own body).

The autogenous bone harvested from the chin or the lower jaw areas will be used on the jawbone area where the implants will be placed, creating walls of bone that will provide firm support for the dental implants.

Other Bone Graft Materials

Other options for bone graft materials include allografts (material harvested from another person other than the patient); xenografts (demineralised bovine bone, harvested from a cow); and synthetic graft materials (such as calcium phosphate).